Lilium species (Lily)

Lilies can be the backbone of a flower border when provided the right location and proper soil. They grow from 3-6 ft. tall and about 2-3 ft. wide when planted in an area with some afternoon shade. All benefit from soils that have been amended to a depth of 8-12 in. with bark compost, oak leaf mold and peat moss. Best bloom results when they are fed liquid fertilizer twice a month and watered twice-a-week. The following varieties have the greatest tolerance for alkaline soils such as Nevada. Provide protection during growing season if rabbits are a problem in your area.

  •  Candidum (Madonna Lily) — 4 ft. tall by 1 ft. wide; white fragrant flowers in July
  •  Henryi (Orange Tiger) — 6 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide; orange flowers from July-August that curve backward
  • Aurelianense (Aurelian Hybrid Lily) — 6 ft. tall by 2 ft. wide; flowers in all shades except blue from July-August
  •  Flavum (Golden Flax) — 1 ft. tall by 1 ft. wide; bright yellow flowers from June-August; mulch in winter.
  • Perenne (Blue Flax) — 18 in. tall by 12 in. wide; almost leafless stems; blue flowers; seeds easily, good in meadow mixes
Category:  Perennial
Water Use:  Moderate
Sun Exposure:  Part Shade
Height x Spread:  N/A
Native:  No
Color:  White, orange, yellow, blue, variety
Bees:  Yes
Birds:  No
Butterflies:  No
Cut Flower:  Yes
Utility Tree:  No
Extra Maintenance:  Yes
Soil:  N/A
Fall Color:  No
Bloom Time:  Summer