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The Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan is covered with dangling, down-facing blossoms in shades of magenta and white. The flowers of this ancestral species plant are 6" across and exceptionally fragrant. As the beautiful wild parent of many lavish Oriental Lily hybrids, Wild Rose Red blooms on the late side of summer. (Lilium)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size Up to 48" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Size Bag of 3 - Bulb Size: 14-16 cm
SKU 21LILY3

Plant Information

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.

SKU 21LILY3
Common Name Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan
Botanical Name Lilium auratum Wild Rose Red
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Narrow, lanceolate, dark green leaves. 
Mature Height Up to 48" tall
Bulb Size 14-16 cm
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 6" deep.
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Flower Size 6-10" flowers
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Plants for Small Spaces
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Poisonous if ingested. Toxic to cats.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

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

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials 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.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsWild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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3.0

beautiful flower

By 

from maui

About Me Professional Landscaper

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Cut Flower

Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

looking for cut flowers

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
5.0

gorgeous

By 

from chicago, il.

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn

    Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

    fabulous

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    undecided

    By 

    from lincolnwood, il

    Pros

      Cons

      • Disappointed
      • Poor Growth

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

        given the nature of lilies hoping it does better next year because of the late planting this year...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful Lily

        By 

        from Cincinnati, OH

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

        I put these lilies in with my tiger lilies not knowing what to expect. The great thing about them is that they bloomed after the tiger lilies were finished.
        There were only a couple of blooms on each plant. I have transplanted them in a different location for next year and hope there will be more blooms

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very pretty flower.

        By 

        from Monroe, UT

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

            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

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            from Newburgh, IN

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Good planting instruction
            • Healthy

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

            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 

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cut Flowers

              Comments about American Meadows Wild Rose Red Lily of Japan Bulbs:

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

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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