Species Lilium, Japanese Lily, Oriental Lily

Lilium speciosum var. clivorum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: speciosum var. clivorum
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Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:



Bloom Size:

3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

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

Color Pattern:






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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

By dividing the bulb's scales

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Francisco, California

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 16, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

My family has had this lily for more than 70 years. It flowers after asiatics, with the orientals.


On Nov 14, 2004, KennethJoerg wrote:

This lily has been in our family for 3 generations. The current plant have been growing in the country of Denmark for more than 50 years and is now growing both in Denmark and USA. The story goes that the lily originally grew in the gardens of Peter the Great (Russian Czar) and that a few of the bulbs were lifted by his gardener who fled the country during the Russian revolution. I don't know if the story is true, but is indeed a true family heirloom. My grandfather got a bulb from a local gardener who told him the story, and the bulbs have since passed to my father and to me.

The lily blooms relatively late in the season, usually about mid August, although in USA it blooms for me in end of July. It is very fragrant. In shape, the bloom remind me of N.Jetfire (e.g. as if the... read more