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Asiatic Lily

Botanical Name
Lilium species
Hardiness
Zones 4 to 10
Height
4 to 8 feet
Flowers
Summer: white, pink, scarlet, orange, yellow, rose
Light
Full sun
Soil
Well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Plant lily bulbs in fall
  • Plant bulbs at a depth two to three times their length and space at least three times their width apart
  • Use a minimum planting depth for those planted in clay soil, the deeper the bulb is planted, the greater the risk of bulb rot
  • Add organic matter to heavy clay soil to improve drainage
  • Purchase and plant precooled bulbs in the spring as soon as the soil is workable
  • Lilies are also sold as plants during the growing season and can be planted whenever available
  • Mulch the soil to keep lily roots cool and moist
  • Avoid overwatering, especially in clay soil, this can lead to root rot
  • Apply a winter mulch after the ground freezes for added insulation and for help in getting the bulbs through challenging winters
  • Asiatic lilies tend to be hardier than Oriental types
  • Flowers of Asiatic lilies are usually unscented and may face up, out or down
  • Many florists are forcing Asiatic hybrids for Easter bloom
Problems
Animals, rot in poorly drained soils, hardiness, fasciation, aphids & virus
Varieties
  • Bright Star - creamy white with apricot throat, 3-4'
  • First Love - pink petals with apricot throat, 4-5'
  • Pink Perfection - dark rose pink, 5-6'
  • Elodie - pink double flowers, 42"
  • Easy Samba - tangerine orange flowers with deep purple centers and no pollen
  • Royal Sunset - upward facing blooms in shades of purples, yellows and pinks; colors change change from warmer or cooler depending on the light
  • Mapira - deep maroon flowers
  • Lollypop - two toned petals of white and pink
  • Forever Susan - deep burgundy flowers rimmed in bright gold and orange

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