Oriental Lilies

Oriental Hybrid Lilies

  • Fragrant lilies, Most fragrant lilies, Lilies for cutting, Oriental Lilies

Usually the last lilies to bloom, Oriental hybrid Lilies are derived from the crossing of interspecific hybrids and species Lilies such as Lilium auratum, Lilium japonicum, Lilium nobilissimum, Lilium × parkmanii, Lilium rubellum and Lilium speciosum (but excluding all hybrids of these with henryi). The most famous representative of the Oriental hybrid Lilies is certainly the flat-faced 'Stargazer', which is probably the most successful cut flower ever, being upward-facing, strongly fragrant and long-lasting.

  • Known as the most flamboyant personalities within the world of lilies, Oriental Hybrid Lilies are characterized by their immense flowers, intense fragrance and rich colors.
  • Blooming over a long period of time, from mid to late summer and even into fall for some varieties, their flowers are usually large and open, outward facing or pendant with striking patterns of spots. Most Oriental Lilies are in shades of white, pink and red, some with pretty yellow bands on their petals.
  • Intensely scented, from the first blossom opening until when the last petal falls, they all are among the most popular of cut flowers among florists.
  • Oriental Lilies are frightened of alkalinity as it kills them. If your soil is alkaline, you should grow these wonderful lilies in pots or containers.

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 – 9  
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant TypeBulbs, Perennials
Plant FamilyLilium - Lilies
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil TypeChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PhAcid, Neutral
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
CharacteristicsCut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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