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LILIUM nepalense

Commonly known as Lily

This rare rhizomatous lily requires acid soil and partial shade. Flowers yellow to greenish-yellow on the outside and reddish purple on the inside
Further Reading....


  • Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - reddish purple inside
  • Striped, Veined or Multicoloured
  • Yellow - greenish yellow outside
  • Height - 60-100cm (24-39in)
  • Spread - 0.15m (6in)
  • Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - stem-rooting (offsets form on underground stem) rhizomatous bulb. Produces single, or occasionally, 2 or 3 funnel-shaped flowers in the upper leaf axils.
  • Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - erect or arching smooth stems and scattered, lance-shaped, deep-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Partial shade - requires a cool site.
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - Many! Aphids, Lily beetle, slugs and leatherjackets, wireworm, thrips and our little friends the rabbits and mice. Botrytis in wet springs.
  • Place of origin - northern India to Nepal and Bhutan (Himalayas)
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers - - can be pungently scented - or unscented!
  • Seasonal Interest - Summer -
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving -
60-100cm (24-39in)
bulb/corm - guide for size not form Watering Can
  0.15m (6in)

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