• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lilium 'King Pete' (Ib/b-c)

Lily 'King Pete'

Lily 'King Pete'

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  • Other common names Lily 'King Pete'

  • Genus Lilium are bulbous perennials with erect stems bearing whorled or spirally arranged leaves and terminal racemes or umbels of bowl-shaped, trumpet-shaped, funnel-shaped or turk's cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red

  • Family Liliaceae / Liliaceae

  • Species 'King Pete' is a vigorous bulbous perennial with narrow leaves and broad-petalled cream flowers in mid summer, each petal spotted with orange on a yellow zone near the base


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter in full sun with the base of the plant in shade. In a container grow in loam based potting compost such as John Innes No 2 with added grit and leaf mould. Water freely and apply a high potash liquid fertiliser every two weeks. Keep moist in winter

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown, when ripe, in containers in a cold frame or separate offsets after the foliage dies down

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning In autumn, once foliage has yellowed, cut back to ground level

Pests Aphids, lily beetle, slugs, thrips, leatherjackets, rabbits and voles may be a problem

Diseases Grey mould and other fungal problems can infect lilies either below or above ground; see also lily diseases

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