Lilium auratum

Golden-rayed lily

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (108250)

Plant details

This is a spectacular species, considered by some connoisseurs to be the finest lily of all. A large group in full flower is a magnificent sight, with each stem bearing several 20-25cm (8-10in) open funnel-shaped blooms, white with yellow markings and red spots, and very prominent anthers protruding from the throat. They are woodland plants, accustomed to growing in the shade of neighbours but with their heads in sunlight. Plenty of moisture while in growth, good drainage and no lime are the essentials for success.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Lilium

Species: auratum

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 38cm

Time to divide plants: September to November

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