Lilium speciosum 'Rubrum'


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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Magenta


Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

This dramatic looking lily is one of the last lilies to flower each summer, so place it somewhere that it will be seen and enjoyed. It flowers profusely, and its bold dark-pink speckled petals curl back on themselves as the buds open. These lilies can't cope with lime or chalky soil, so it is essential to grow them either in acid soil or in pots filled with ericaceous compost. The lily is moderately scented and it is attractive to wildlife, although gardeners should be aware that these lilies are also highly poisonous to domestic cats. Deadhead after flowering and let the stems die back before cutting them back to the ground. Prompt deadheading ensures a vigorous growth the following year.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Lilium

Species: speciosum

Cultivar: Rubrum

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink, Purple, Magenta

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant: September to October

Flowering period: August to September

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