Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides (Showy Lily)

Scientific Name

Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides Baker

Common Names

Showy Lily


Lilium kanahirae, Lilium lancifolium var. glorioides

Scientific Classification

Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Lilioideae
Tribe: Lilieae
Genus: Lilium


Color: Deep carmine-pink
Bloom Time: Late summer and early autumn


Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides is the finest and most beautiful of all forms of Lilium speciosum. The white flowers are heavily spotted red and green and appear on an erect, very stiff, up to 4.7 feet (1.4 m) tall stem.

Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides - Showy Lily
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USDA hardiness zone 5a to 7b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 10 °F (−12.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Though lilies look like they'd be fussy plants, they are actually very easy to grow. They're not particular about soil type or pH, and they grow well in full sun, part sun, dappled shade, and even light shade.

Plant lilies as soon as you get them, either in the fall or the spring. Because the bulbs lack the papery covering (known as a "tunic") that is common to other hardy bulbs, they can dry out quickly in storage.

Even more than other bulbs, lilies demand well-drained soil. Dig the spot where you plan to plant lilies to a depth of at least 12 inches (30 cm), remove rocks and add organic matter, such as leaf mold or peat moss, to improve both the soil's structure and drainage. Like other bulbs, lilies appreciate a little bone meal scratched at the bottom of the planting hole, but do not really require other fertilizers at planting time. Instead, wait until the bulbs send up green leaves and then sprinkle a complete organic fertilizer around the plant and water it in. See more at How to Grow and Care for Lilies.


Native to southern Japan and southern China.


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