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

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

Lilium 'Red Velvet' (Ic/d)

lily 'Red Velvet'

lily 'Red Velvet'

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  • Other common names lily 'Red Velvet'

  • Family Liliaceae

  • 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

  • Details 'Red Velvet' is a bulbous perennial to about 1m with upright, red-flushed stems bearing narrow, mid-green leaves. The fragrant flowers, appearing in mid- to late summer, are deep, rich red, with reflexed petals and orange stamens

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline

Size

  • 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 just moist in winter

Propagation Separate offsets after the foliage dies down

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cut Flowers 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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