Trumpet Lily 'Black Dragon'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Dragon
Hybridized by DeGraaff
Registered or introduced: 1950
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6 - Trumpet/Aurelian hybrids

Flower Habit:

(b) Out-facing

(c) Down-facing


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

6" to 12" (151 mm to 300 mm)

Color Pattern:

Unknown - Tell us



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lompoc, California

Barrington, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Portland, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Palmyra, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 20, 2014, althom from Lompoc, Ca.,
United States wrote:

Have grown this lily for about 15 years. It is spectacular, generating compliments at 7 ft. tall w/ multiple trumpets & fragrance. Has won best of show in competition. Divide it every 3-4 years digging the largest "bulbs" I've ever seen, sharing them w/ grateful garden friends.


On Nov 8, 2014, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

These lilies have been quite long lived and are multiplying gradually. Original source was White Flower Farm, possibly as long as 20 years ago. I recently dug around near the base of the lily clumps while removing some groundcover and found their original sign, having forgotten the exact name since purchasing them. Their fragrance wafts through our screen door on humid summer evenings, a delightful aroma. When deadheading, leave as much of the green stalk in place as possible to feed the bulb for the following year. If seedheads remain on the stalks, a large number of flaky, tan seeds will be released in the fall. They are particularly beautiful in their bud stage, but open flowers last a long time, too.


On Feb 5, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown this lily for several years and never tire of its large fragrant trumpets. It blooms here usually after July 4th, depending on weather conditions, and grows on occasion to 6' in height; however, the 'norm' is about 36-48". I have noticed some color variations from bulb to bulb. It is very dependable and completely hardy here. I agree with Tom; they definitely need staking. We get a lot of summer storms and winds here. In my journal I have shown two pictures; each with a little variation in color.


On Jun 24, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful, fragrant 6 to 6 1/2 inch flowers in late June. Petals are pure white on the inside and dark burgundy on the outside. Grows to 6 feet - requires staking or it will fall over from the weight of the blooms. Old House Gardens says this is a selection of the species Lilium leucanthum.