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Commonly known as Giant Himalayan lily, Giant lily
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Height - 1.5-4m (5-13ft)
Spread - 30cm (12in)
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - bulbous monocarpic perennial. Basal rosettes of large, oval, glossy, dark-green leaves to 45cm (18in) long. Racemes of up to 20 large, trumpet-shaped flowers 15-20cm (6-8in) long, with maroon stripes inside
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Partial shade - cool and sheltered site. Will not tolerate hot and dry conditions.
Additional Features - Architectural interest
Good to know - offsets may take 4-5 years to flower, seed-raised plants perhaps 7 years.
Pests & Diseases - slugs, lily viruses.
Place of origin - Himalayas, northwestern Burma, southwestern China.
Garden Location/Conditions - Woodland garden
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Scented Plants - Scented flowers - strongly scented.
Seasonal Interest - Summer
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
Neutral to acid soil
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