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Lilium lancifolium 'Splendens' (IXc/d)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Black, Orange and Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

lance-leaved lily

Family

Liliaceae


Lilium are bulbous perennials with erect stems bearing whorled or spirally arranged leaves and terminal racemes or umbels of bowl-shaped, trumpet-shaped, funnel-shaped or turk's cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red

L. lancifolium 'Splendens' is a vigorous bulbous perennial with narrow leaves and 20-25 nodding, black-spotted, orange-red flowers to 12cm across, with recurved petals, from late summer

Synonym(s)

  • Lilium tigrinum 'Splendens'
  • Lilium tigrinum subsp. splendens

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter. Very vigorous species

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown, when ripe, in containers in a cold frame or separate offsets after the foliage dies down

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Red lily beetle, aphids, slugs and wireworms may be a problem

Diseases

grey moulds and a virus may cause problems. See lily diseases