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Botanical Name: Lilium species
Common Name(s): Lily
Liliums are among the real beauties of the summer-flowering bulbs. They are native to the temperate regions of eurasia and North America, with the greatest number found in china and the foothills of the himalayas. Liliums are also found in the cooler parts of southeast Asia, as far south as the high mountains of the philippines. Liliums start flowering as early as october and continue to flower, cultivar by cultivar, until February
Botanical Pronunciation: LIL-ee-um
The flowers are borne in racemes or umbels, large , often fragrant and come in many colours like whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Liliums start flowering as early as October and continue to flower, cultivar by cultivar, until February.
This plant bears linear, leathery green foliage.
It has an upright growth habit.
Interesting Planting Ideas
They do well when grown in a shrubbery, where their feet are shaded but their heads grow into the sun. For this reason, it is a good idea to use a mulch around your liliums.
Keep bulbs cool and not watered in winter.
Plant them on the cooler south or east side of the house, never on the west side, for they enjoy a cool root-run. Prepare beds by digging in lots of compost, to a depth of at least 35cm, before planting lilium rootstocks.
Propagate from offsets, from detached bulb scales, or from leaf axil bulbils or seed.
They need moist, humus-rich, fertile, well-drained soil.
Uses in landscape design
Use in herbaceous borders, shrub plantings, and as patio plants.