Lilium philadelphicum

Western Wood Lily

A delicate and lovely woodland lily from the slopes of the eastern Rockies. Planted in a protected spot with good moisture it forms blooming colonies that color the garden with orange-red lilies in late spring.
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Mature Height16-18" tall
Mature Spread8-10" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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SizePlant - 2.5" Pot
SKUHC014625

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.

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  • 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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16-18" tall x 8-10" wide (seed propagated). A western form of the infrequently cultivated Wood Lily, this selection is native to the streamside woodlands above Ft. Collins, CO. Its large vivid orange-red, purple spotted flowers are held high above sturdy stems in summer and light up the shady perennial beds in your landscape. When provided with sun and wind protection to keep it happy, this very special native lily will grow to form a showy, long-lived colony. Plant in moisture retentive, compost enriched soil and mulch well. Provide supplemental irrigation when the soil dries.
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SKUHC014625
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Western Wood Lily
Botanical Name
Lilium philadelphicum
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Flower Color
Orange
Mature Height
16-18" tall
Mature Spread
8-10" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Advantages
Native
Ideal Region
West
Planting Time
Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

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.

Special comments:

  • 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.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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