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Lilium 'King Pete' (Ib/b-c)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

lily 'King Pete'

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

'King Pete' is a vigorous bulbous perennial with narrow leaves and broad-petalled cream flowers in mid summer, each petal spotted with orange on a yellow zone near the base

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter in full sun with the base of the plant in shade. In a container grow in loam based potting compost such as John Innes No 2 with added grit and leaf mould. Water freely and apply a high potash liquid fertiliser every two weeks. Keep moist in winter

Soil

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

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, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

In autumn, once foliage has yellowed, cut back to ground level

Pests

Aphids, lily beetle, slugs, thrips, leatherjackets, rabbits and voles may be a problem

Diseases

Grey mould and other fungal problems can infect lilies either below or above ground; see also lily diseases