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Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan Lily)

Giant Himalayan Lily, Giant Lily, Lilium giganteum himalaicum


A fascinating beauty, Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan Lily) is a tuberous perennial boasting terminal racemes of up to 20 fragrant, trumpet-shaped white flowers, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), adorned with purple throats. Blooming in summer, they are borne atop thick, straight, sturdy stems and rise above a basal rosette of huge, glossy, broad-ovate, dark green leaves, up to 15 in. long (37 cm). The blossoms are followed by decorative seed capsules. Then the whole plant dies, leaving many small offset bulbs that will flower within a few years. A magnificent flowering bulb for the shade garden.

  • Grows up to 7-9 feet tall (210-270 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade, in deep, humus-rich, fertile, well-drained soils. Intolerant of waterlogging and may need some protection from frosts in colder areas. Mulch in winter in frost-prone areas. Fertilization helps develop bulb offsets.
  • Wonderful addition to borders, cottage gardens, woodland gardens. Best grouped or massed.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs. Bulb rot may occur in wet, poorly drained soils.
  • Propagate by seed, sowing in deep pans with bottom heat, or from offsets after flowering. May take up to 7 years to flower from seed; offsets may take 4-5 years to flower.
  • Set out bulbs in early spring (in fall in mold winter areas). Plant new bulbs 2 ft. (60 cm) apart with their tips just beneath the soil surface.
  • Native to China, India, Myanmar, Tibet

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 7' – 9' (210cm – 270cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 7' – 9' (210cm – 270cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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