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Commonly known as Giant Himalayan lily, Giant lily
WhiteMaroon stripes inside
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennialBulbous monocarpic perennial. Basal rosettes of large, oval, glossy, dark-green leaves to 45cm (18in) long
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Hardy - average winterHardy 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 shadeCool and sheltered site. Will not tolerate hot and dry conditions.
Seeds may be available, check buying options below.
Additional FeaturesArchitectural interestGood to knowOffsets may take 4-5 years to flower, seed-raised plants perhaps 7 years.Pests & DiseasesSlugs, lily viruses.Place of originHimalayas, northwestern Burma, southwestern China.
Flower ShapeRacemesUp to 20 large flowers 15-20cm (6-8in) longTrumpet
Garden Location/ConditionsBorderSuitable for a shaded, sheltered borderWoodland garden
Scented PlantsScented flowersStrongly scented.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.Neutral to acid soil
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- Growing from seed
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- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-seeding aquilegia - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
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