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Formosa lily

Lilium formosanum

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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 CharacteristicsNative to Taiwan, Formosa lilies grow easily from seed sown in early spring, often blooming that same year. Self-seeds freely.

CareThis 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.

PropagationIn fall, from seed, bulb division, or scaling.


  • Genus : Lilium
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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