Trumpet lilies (Lilium Oriental hybrids)

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Trumpet lilies (Lilium Oriental hybrids), also known as Aurelian lilies, are captivating perennial bulbs that command attention with their impressive height and magnificent trumpet-shaped blossoms.

Botanical Name
Trumpet lily
Plant Type
Perennial bulb
From 3 to 6 feet (approximately 1 to 2 meters).
Linear, lance-shaped, dark green leaves arranged in whorls along the stem
Sun Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Requirements
Well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acidic soil
Hardiness Zones
4 to 8
Flower Color
White, yellow, pink, orange, red, purple, or bicolor, often with darker spots or stripes on the petals
Foliage Color
Season Features
Mid to late summer blooming
Special Features
Cut flowers, fragrant flowers, showy flowers, attract butterflies and hummingbirds
Distribution and habitat
Hybridized from species native to Asia
  • Choose a location with ample sunlight when planting trumpet lily bulbs.
  • Well-drained soil. Avoid boggy or alkaline soil, as trumpet lilies are sensitive to alkalinity.
  • Incorporate organic material into clay soils to improve drainage and nutrient availability.
  • Trumpet lilies bloom from mid to late summer, extending into fall for some varieties. Their large, outward-facing flowers create a stunning display.
  • Trumpet lilies emit a heavy, sweet fragrance, enchanting garden visitors.
  • Each stem can produce up to 12-15 blossoms, ensuring a spectacular and long-lasting show.
  • Trumpet lilies are cultivated hybrids, not native to any specific region.
  • They thrive in gardens, borders, and containers worldwide.
  • Flowers are trumpet-shaped, waxy, and can measure up to 6-10 inches in length. Some varieties exhibit sunbursts, stars, and flaring petals.
  • Propagate trumpet lilies through bulb division or by planting new bulbs.
  • Ornamental value in gardens, patios, and cut flower arrangements.
  • Some of the common pests and diseases that can affect trumpet lilies are aphids, lily beetles, botrytis blight, bulb rot, etc.
  • Trumpet lilies are generally well-behaved garden plants with no significant ecological concerns.

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