Lilium speciosum (Japanese Lily)

Scientific Name

Lilium speciosum Thunb.

Common Names

Japanese Lily

Synonyms

Lilium speciosum var. speciosum, Lilium albiflorum, Lilium broussartii, Lilium eximium, Lilium konishii, Lilium melpomene, Lilium punctatum, Lilium superbum, Lilium vestale

Scientific Classification

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

Flower

Color: White
Bloom Time: August to September

Description

Lilium speciosum is an attractive flowering plant that grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and up to 1 foot (30 cm) wide. Flowers are strongly scented, white, pink, or red-spotted. It is later flowering than most other species. It blooms from August to September in north temperate regions.

Lilium speciosum - Japanese Lily
Photo via biglobe.ne.jp

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °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") 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 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.

Origin

Native to southern Japan and southern China.

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