Lily (Lilium regale) in the Lilies Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Other: White with yellow throat, flushed with pink to maroon on outside of petals
Bloom Size: 5"-6"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
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.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Location: My GardensDate: July 2, 2009Blooming Habit Mature Bulb
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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: July 3, 2009Profile Of Single Bloom
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-11-15
By jmorth
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Location: My GardensDate: June 30, 2013Wide Open Showing The Center
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-16
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-06-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-07-12
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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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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-06-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-06-15
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-09
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Location: Iowa
By Legalily
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-06-29
By bonitin
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Photo courtesy of B&D Lilies  Used with Permission
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Location: Vaughan, ON, Canada (Zone 5b)Date: 2008-07-11
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-13Bloom reverse
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-06-02
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2009-0627
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Location: WisconsinDate: 2014-07-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-10
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-13
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Location:  -TasmaniaDate: 5-10-13
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Location: Work areaDate: 2008-0421
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2009-0628
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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
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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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Plant Events from our members
jmorth On June 16, 2015 Bloomed
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MrsBinWY On January 17, 2020 Seeds germinated
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MrsBinWY On January 3, 2020 Seeds sown
20 seeds (last) from Diane's Seeds (in fridge since 2013) in milk jug @ room temp
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