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Tiger Lily    

Lilium lancifolium

Belonging to the Lilium genus, Tiger Lily has a botanical name of Lilium lancifolium. The botanical name epithet lancifolium means 'with lance-shaped leaves'.

70 cm is the smallest I’ve seen these in my garden. Some that are growing behind some large shrubs have gotten close to 5 feet (150cm).
Plants generally flower in their 2nd or 3rd summer.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Burnt orange and   Dutch orange. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 6. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green colour. It is a flower and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Normally growing to a mature height of 1.00 metres (3.25 feet), Tiger Lily grows with a erect habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in late summer. If you would like to attract butterflies to your garden, consider growing this plant.

China is believed to be where Tiger Lily originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Tiger Lily is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Tiger Lily have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Tiger Lily

  • Full Sun

  • Low

IN USDA Zone 5 very hardy; reseeds from bulbils on stem, or you can divide the bulbs.
Semishade (1/2 day sun) in zone 10.
Well-drained soil, preferably acidic.

Position in a full sun location and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 2 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 4.5 and 7.8 is ideal for Tiger Lily as it does best in moderately acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Tiger Lily is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

See our list of companion Plants for Tiger Lily to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Tiger Lily from seed

If planting from bulbs, use general bulb guidelines— bulb depth double the diameter of the bulb, root end down. The plant is easily propagated by means of bulbils that form in the leaf axils (late summer) or divide the bulbs. Will reseed on its own.
Some are sterile and don’t produce seed. Protect growth tip from slugs!

Aim to sow 7.8 inches (20.0 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm).

Transplanting Tiger Lily

As Tiger Lily is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Seed Saving Tiger Lily

As this species propagates itself so easily by bulbils, entire stands are often derived from one original plant. The offspring are, effectively, all clones of the original parent. As lilies tend to not be self-fertile, seed may not be available from such stands. Collect bulbils in this situation.

Common Tiger Lily problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Tiger Lily plants:

Tiger lilies tend to harbour lily viruses a little better than other species so you might want to keep them away from other lilies in your garden.

Lily beetle. This lily is particularly susceptible to them.

Tiger Lily Folklore & Trivia

Tiger Lily is the name of the Indian Princess who saves Peter Pan.
The bulb is edible. Pollen is considered poisonous.

Other names for Tiger Lily

Lilium tigrinum

Tiger Lily care instructions

How long does Tiger Lily take to grow?

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