Lilium species

Lilium species

All natural species and naturally occuring forms are included in this group. It is from these wild lilies that breeders have created their magnificant hybrids for our gardens.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Early - Mid Summer

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

See 'popular varieties'

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

7 in / 17 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

7 in / 17 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

16-60 in / 40-150 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders, beds, perennial gardens, pots and containers and as cutflowers.

Other Popular Varieties

'L. nepalense' (cream & dark purple), 'L. pardalinum' (orange-red), 'L. pumilum/tenuifolium' (red), 'L. speciosum Rubrum' (white & pink) and 'L. speciosum Scarlet Delight' (red).

About the Family

Lilium Family

There are well over 100 lilium species. They grow wild all across the Northern Hemisphere and are so varied and complex (and through cross-hybridizing still ever expanding) that it is very difficult to organize and describe them. For your convenience we have focused here on the garden types (usually hybrids) that you will find most commonly commercially available. Lilium Candidum (aka Madonna Lily) is claimed to be the very first flower for cutting purposes. It was cultivated in cloister gardens of the Middle Ages and used for decoration in churches.

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