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Question: I have been given a cane like rhizome that I was told is a trumpet lily. It is supposed to be planted 6 inches deep, and will bloom in late summer. I would like to know the soil conditions in which to plant this. I would also like to know the scientific name of this plant. It really is not a bulb. The piece I received looks just like a piece of cane. It can be planted now (mid-November), so long as it is mulched well and planted 6 inches deep. Any ideas?

Answer: You probably have Lilium longiflorum, the Easter Lily. These plants produce very fragrant, long, white, trumpet shaped flowers on short stems. Your lily prefers rich, moist soil and will thrive in an area where the roots stay cool and the tops are in full sunshine. Amend the planting bed with organic matter to help the soil drain well and to promote good drainage. Easter lilies also do well when planted in a container.

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