DetailsLemon 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|
|Mature Spread||12" wide|
|Bloom Time||Mid to late summer|
|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|
Growing Lilies: You can easily bring the spectacular beauty of lilies into your summer garden. They take very little ground space, so it’s simple to plant them in between other established perennials or shrubs. Most lilies can tolerate some shade and can be planted in spring or fall. Our Lilies are nursery-cultivated in Holland, not collected in the wild.
Lilium (Lily) is a huge genus of bulbous plants native primarily to the colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Although there are some sub-tropical species. The three biggest groups commonly grown include the Asiatic, Oriental and native North American species. The care of all three is similar.
Preferred growing conditions:
- Plant in a fast draining, compost-enriched garden loam with full sun or a half day of partial sun. Lilies prefer slightly acid soil and are not a good choice for highly alkaline western soils unless you're willing to regularly acidify the soil with soil sulfur. Avoid clay unless amply amended with ample compost to improve drainage.
- Mulch with commonly available mulch materials to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Cool, moist soil is essential for optimum growth and flowering of lilies.
- Lilies prefer consistently moist soil and need regular irrigation when conditions are dry. They don't like to dry out but are prone to rot if their planting site is in a depression and accumulates water after a good rain.
- Deadheading keeps the plants looking tidy and help them conserve energy for bulb growth and not seed production. But it will not bring them back into bloom.
- Fertilize generously in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This can be repeated in late spring to help build humus levels in their soil.
- Oriental lilies are very fragrant, while Asian lilies are not.
- Some of the taller varieties may require staking in windy climates, as they can get up to 6 ft. tall and be top heavy with lots of flowers.
- Cut back to just above ground level in late fall or early spring.
- Mulch heavily with a 2 to 3-inch layer in late fall as the soil begins to freeze. This is especially important when planting new bulbs in zone 3 and 4 climates. If snow cover is not dependable, make fall mulching a regular practice.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
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.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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