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Lilium formosanum (Formosa lily)

Lilium formosanum Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Brown


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Lilium formosanum LIL-ee-um for-MOH-sa-num Common Name: Formosa lily Genus: Lilium
From late August through early October, this lily bears eight or more 10-inch-long, deliciously scented, pristine-white trumpets (sometimes blushed pink on the outside) upon each stem. After the flowers fade, the stalks turn upward, opening elegantly as the seeds ripen and the pods dry to form a weather-resistant candelabra to adorn the winter garden or to use in dried arrangements
Noteworthy characteristics: Native to Taiwan, Formosa lilies grow easily from seed sown in early spring, often blooming that same year. Self-seeds freely.
Care: This lily thrives in sun or shade, in the ground or in pots. They work and play well with others, including tropical and woodland plants, suiting most garden situations.
Propagation: In fall, from seed, bulb division, or scaling.
Problems: Deer.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Fall; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Bulbs

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