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Division: IX. Species and Species Cultivars

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 2 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Leaves: Other: Herbaceous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Other: White with yellow throat, flushed with pink on outside of petals.
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Will not come true from seed
Other info: Species lilies will come true from seed; cultivars and hybrids will not.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Offsets
Other: Bulb scaling.
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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By dave on July 5, 2015

We open the Lilies Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Location: My GardensDate: July 2, 2009Blooming Habit Mature Bulb
By TBGDN
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Location: My GardensDate: July 5, 2015In Mottled Shade: Moderate Sun
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Location: Rosetta -TasmaniaDate: 3-11-11regale
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Location: My GardensDate: June 30, 2013Wide Open Showing The Center
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Location: My GardensDate: July 3, 2009Profile Of Single Bloom
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-06-28
By bonitin
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Location: Iowa
By Legalily
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Date: 2020-06-03
By Lucius93
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Photo courtesy of B&D Lilies  Used with Permission
By Calif_Sue
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Location: My GardensDate: June 30, 2013Consider The Lilies.....
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Location: My GardensDate: June 30, 2013Always Faithful Year After Year
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Date: 2020-11-09
By Lucius93
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Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada (Zone 5b)Date: 2008-07-11
By Anne
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-13
By chelle
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2009-0627
By pirl
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2009-0628
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Location: WisconsinDate: 2014-07-02
By petruske
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-06-29
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2010-0620
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2011-0620
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2010-0616
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Location: Kenmore, NY  Date: 6-29-2016
By smiley
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Date: 2020-06-03
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Date: 2020-08-29
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Date: 2021-04-13
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-13Bloom reverse
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Location:  -TasmaniaDate: 5-10-13
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Location: Work areaDate: 2008-0421
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Date: 2020-04-22
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Date: 2020-05-23
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Date: 2020-08-29
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Date: 2021-05-05
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-13
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Posted by Lucius93 (Croatia - Zone 9a) on Jul 28, 2020 2:24 PM

Probably the most popular lily species in the world, and it's not hard to conclude why. This trumpet lily from China is very scented, almost indestructible in any garden and multiplies like crazy. Just be sure to plant this big purple bulb in a sunny spot with good drainage and it'll come back stronger year after year, turning your garden into a fragrant magic place. If you need to introduce someone to the world of lilies, lilium regale is the best choice. This lily can also be easily grown from seed in large quantities.

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Posted by gwhizz (Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia - Zone 7b) on Dec 3, 2011 3:36 AM

For me, lilium Regale is memories of my whole life and family-at Christmas [in Australia]. It was always there, as far back as I can remember, aged about 5 yrs. At our house, at relatives houses or our holiday shack, even in hotels many years ago, there was a 'grand entryway' with a big hall stand full of regale lilies. My Aunty Bev used to line the perimeter of her backyard [which was quite big] with regale lilies in big blue empty ink tubs, which her son brought home from the textile factory where he worked. I was most unpopular at a young age, when I fed her budgies some lily buds and now I can understand why. Recently I inherited my mother-in-laws plants, regale lilies included [and also a white cockatoo-but that's another story]. I grow and sell liliums as an addicted possessive hobby [if there is such a thing] but if I have potted Regale lilies to sell, at the markets,fetes or church sales, I don't get them out of the back of the truck. I wait until some elderly person comes along and says,''do you have the old beautiful smelling Christmas lily?'', well yes, as a matter of fact I do!!!-glad you asked!!

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Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jun 30, 2012 3:48 PM

So far, this is my favorite of the trumpet lilies. It is heavily fragrant at all times of day with a sweet, intoxicating, glorious perfume. The white blooms with purplish backs look great in any garden setting, adding instant elegance and class to even the humblest of gardens. My stems were 4-5 feet tall in their first season and produced 2-12 buds per stem. The foliage is feathery and attractive in its own right. Many people asked about the unusual "moon plants" before they even started to flower.

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