Lilium sp., Lily. Lilium, Oriental Hybrid
Lilium, Oriental Hybrid

Lilium sp.

Family: Liliaceae
USDA Zone: 4-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual colorWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The small shrub-like plant Lilium sp. (Lily) typically grows to a height of 2-5 feet and can be grown in USDA Zones 4 -10. It prefers full sun but will also tolerate some shade. It requires regular water but it has good drought tolerances and can thrive with moderate water. The beauty of these plants come in the form of pink, white and off-white, unusual colored red, crimson and vinous and yellow, orange flowers which are often fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

If you are looking to grow the Lilium sp. (Lily) in cooler regions, the plant is capable of tolerating temperatures as low as 30's F for a short time, depending on how mature the plant is. It is important to ensure that the plant is effectively protected by mulching the soil in late autumn when temperatures start to dip to ensure that the bulb doesn't freeze. This helps the Lilium to endure the cold winter and ensures that it is ready to flower its vibrant yellow, pink, white, red and orange flowers the following summer. When the plant has matured it is capable of surviving even lower temperatures.

When planting the Lilium sp. (Lily) it is important to ensure that it is planted in a well drained, light and sunny position. Soils should be amended with a rich layer of compost before planting to help with drainage within the soil. The bulb may require hilling or mulching for protection for the winter but this depends on the region in which you are located. It is important to water the plant during dry spells and to remove fading flowers to allow for additional nutrients and energy to be routed to the developing buds.

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