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Formosa Lily

4-inch Pot
Item # 43725
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Lilium formosanum

A dozen or more pendant blooms per plant!
This species Lily is one of the easiest to grow and most spectacular to behold. Native to Taiwan, it has naturalized freely in parts of the southeastern United States, a welcome immigrant to our soil! You will be wowed by these giant, intensely fragrant white blooms, which are among the last of the lilies to open each year.

The blooms are dramatically pendant, 5 to 6 inches long and quite narrow up to the widely flaring edge. They release a powerful, sweet fragrance that is simply unforgettable, filling the mid- to late summer garden with intoxicating perfume.

Lilium formosanum thrives best in a sheltered location receiving full sun to light shade, with good soil drainage and protection from strong wind. It grows readily, becoming a bit taller with each passing year. Expect it to reach 5 to 8 feet high at maturity, with dozens of blooms above long, narrow deep green foliage. Very showy!

No garden should be without this splendid season-ender. So carefree, increasing in size and beauty each year, it is a constantly rewarding presence in the border! Zones 5-9.

Genus Lilium
Species formosanum
Item Form 4-inch Pot
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Season Mid Summer - Late Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 5 ft - 8 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Rose Companions
Bloom Color White
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 2 Reviews Write a Review
formosanum lily
alan from NY wrote (August 16, 2012):
elegant and easy to grow. After planting 2 or 3 years ago, I found three babies this year that are ready to bloom. This happened in Rochester (upstate) New York.
beautiful
flo from CA wrote (July 17, 2012):
very elegant, very fragrant, white trumpet lilies
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
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Planting:

Set out bulbs to a depth of 6 inches or more – the rule of thumb is to plant to a depth of 3 times their height. (An exception is L. candidum, which is planted in late summer/early fall, 2 inches deep.) Lilies require excellent drainage.

Choose a light, porous, sandy soil, enriched with well-decomposed compost or humus. The ideal situation is one where the plants will receive full sun at the tops but shade at soil level to keep the ground moist; to this end, surround bulbs with a low-growing ground cover or companion plants. Plant 6 to 8 inches apart.


Maintenance:

Remove spent flowers before seed can be set. When cutting for indoor displays, take care not to remove more than half the length of the stems, as this will weaken the plant and discourage future flowering. Fertilize lightly every year either after flowering or when growth appears in the spring.


Zones:

Trumpets and Orientals, Zones 4-8; Asiatics, Zones 3-8

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Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs

With Wayside’s bulbs, growing gorgeous flowers is as easy as Dig, Drop, Done.


Dig:

The first thing you want to do is pick your spot and dig the hole for your bulbs. Avoid places with standing water, as this could cause bulb rot. A good rule of thumb when planting is to dig down 3 times the height of the bulb, but you should follow the specific instructions for your bulb. Make sure to space out your bulbs to give your plants the right amount of room to grow later.

Drop:

Now put your bulbs in the ground, pointy side up. For fall planting, be sure to get the bulbs in before the first frost. For spring planting, the time varies by plant. Afterwards, cover the bulbs with soil and then water them in. This helps wake the bulbs up from dormancy and get them growing again.

Now you’re Done!

Just sit back and wait, and in the spring your bulbs will sprout up and reward you with their beautiful blooms throughout the season. Growing flowers from Wayside bulbs really is that easy!


Video courtesy of the Dig Drop Done Foundation.

Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.