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Wild Lily Bulbs Rose Red Lily of Japan

This lily has recurved, down-facing, fragrant blossoms and is the beautiful wild parent of many of our lavish Oriental Lily hybrids. (Lilium)

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Details:

Height: Up to 48" tall
Bulb Spacing: 1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bloom Time: Early to mid summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 21LILY3
Common Name Wild Lily
Botanical Name Lilium
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height Up to 48" tall
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 6" deep
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Plant Type/Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Cut Flowers, Borders, Showy Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
The magnificent Oriental Hybrid lilies we all love today, like Stargazer and Casa Blanca, are recent descendants of two wild beauties with romantic names. One is the famous Golden-Rayed Lily, and the other is this one, Lilium speciosum, commonly called the Rose Red Lily of Japan, or more simply Japan Lily'. The botanical drawing at right shows the basic species, Lilium speciosum. The photo above is of the now-famous Rubrum variety.

From a gardener who's grown it, 'I adore it': My rubrum planted in late spring 2003 blossomed in September. In 2004, the 2nd year, it surprised me by sending up a second stalk and producing another set of beautiful blossoms, blooming in September again. I can't wait to see what 2005 has in store for me. This is the last lilium to blossom in my gardens. I adore the small, recurved, pink, white and red down-facing, fragrant blossoms.' ......a subscriber at DavesGarden.com, gardening in Springfield, MA

How the Rose Red Lily was sent out to the world. During the 1940's, this wild lily was quite common around the land of a Japanese farmer named Hirotaka Uchida. He noticed that most of the flowers were pinkish or white, like the botanical drawing shown here, with deep red spots and center banding on the tepals (petals). But he also noticed that some were almost pure red, revealing what he recognized as a valuable rare form. Before and during the dark days of World War II, Mr. Uchida collected the reddest ones and continued his work for several years. At the end of the war, the Uchida family was able to export 60 bulbs of the pure red variety which they called 'Lilium speciosum Uchida'. Meanwhile, botanists classified the red form 'Lilium speciosum var rubrum', and the famous 'Rubrum Lily' was born. (The abbreviation, var simply means 'variety' in botanical nomenclature, and 'rubrum' means red.)

So when you see 'Rubrum Lilies' in a florist shop, or 'Uchida Lilies' in a garden center, or 'Lilium speciosum' being sold in a catalog, it's going to be a beauty, but like so many plants today, the naming is regularly confused.

Our bulbs are Lilium speciosum var rubrum, the red version of the wild species, grown and carefully labeled for us in Holland. They're as easy to grow as a Star Gazer, and when they bloom for you, you'll know you have the real thing.

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5.0

Very pretty flower.

By Bree

from Monroe, UT

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to care for
  • Easy to plant
  • Very pretty

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Wild Lily Bulbs Rose Red Lily of Japan:

      I planted this lily in May 2012 and 4 months later I found my first bloom. I'm not really sure why the plant won't stand up though.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rose Red Lily of Japan

      By Sandy K

      from Newburgh, IN

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Good planting instruction
      • Healthy

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about Wild Lily Bulbs Rose Red Lily of Japan:

      The bulbs arrived in great condition and I planted them in my garden in a couple of days. This lily is blooming now in September for the first time, which is right with the plant to bloom time on your site. It is gorgeous and exactly what I expected.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Lily

      By FL Gardener.

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Pros

      • Large Bulb Size
      • Long Bloom Time
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers

        Comments about Wild Lily Bulbs Rose Red Lily of Japan:

        Beautiful flowers and easy to grow. Great lily for FL.

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        Shipping

        Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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        As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

        Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

        Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
        • Garden Gloves

          Garden Gloves

        • Asiatic Lily Bulbs Gironde

          Asiatic Lily Bulbs Gironde

        • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

          All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

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