The Q&A Archives: Stargazer Lily

Question: For the past three years I had a "Stargazer" Lily in my garden. This year it did not look like a "Stargazer". It is tall and orange. Do lilies revert itself back to its original origin? My "Stargazer" was white with pink lines in it, but now it is orange like my other lilies. I would appreciate an answer if you have one. Thank you in advance. Will my yellow and pink lilys revert to orange?

Answer: What a shock! To be honest, I suspect what has happened is that a vigorous seedling akin to the wild lilies has usurped the lily you planted. "Stargazer" is indeed a gorgeous plant and in my experience it maintains its color, as do the other named varieties. Seedlings, on the other hand, tend to revert to the original orange color. To avoid future seedlings you might try deadheading the lilies after they bloom and before they have time to set seed. To do this, remove the individual flowers being sure to nip the entire bloom off the plant inlcuding the little "nub" that will form the seeds.

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