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Lilium speciosum 'var. rubrum'


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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour




Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (63967)

Plant details

This vigorous lily is a real stunner that thrives in the border or in a deep pot on the patio. It produces tall stems of up to 12 large, fragrant carmine, spotted flowers in late summer and early autumn. The bulbs are best planted in autumn while they are still plump. As a stem-rooting type ofhey should go at least 3 times their own depth and at the equivalent spacing between bulbs. In the border, they enjoy well-drained soil in full sun, with shade at the base. Alternatively they can be planted in deep containers, using loam-based compost, such as John Innes No2.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Lilium

Species: speciosum

Cultivar: var. rubrum

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

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

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 25cm

Flowering period: July to August

Reader reviews


I'm very pleased to read above that speciosum rubrum should be grown in alkaline soil since my soil is alkaline and just about every other article I've read about this species lily says that it is a lime hater and requires acid soil?
So here's hoping!

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