Lilium parryi

Lemon Lily

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Lilium parryi (Lemon Lily) is a rare Southwestern US native lily that is highly fragrant with striking yellow flowers, perfect for cutting! Best cultivated by experienced gardeners.

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Zones 6 - 10
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot


Lemon lily (Lilium parryi) is a rare Southwestern US native plant enjoyed for its highly fragrant yellow flowers that appear in mid-summer. While not a plant for beginners, it will become a favorite native for the experienced gardener when placed in a protected spot in the garden, where it gets afternoon shade and evenly moist soil. It may take a couple of growing seasons to establish itself and begin blooming. In the meantime, keep it well mulched and water with the Root Stimulator Combo pack mixture once every 3 to 4 weeks for the first growing season. When happy, this is a long-lived species that brings a sense of the exotic to your garden.
Common Name Lemon Lily
Botanical Name Lilium parryi
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 24-36"
Mature Spread 12" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Amount of Rain 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Coastal California, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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