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Lilium nepalense (IXc/a)

lily of Nepal

L. nepalense is a stem-rooting lily with rhizomatous bulbs, upright or arching stems, and scattered deep green leaves. The unscented or unpleasantly scented, funnel-shapedflowers, produced in early to mid-summer, are white, greenish or yellow in bud, opening to reveal a maroon centre

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red Green Yellow White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
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 turks cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya to Thailand

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in containers of ericaceous compost in a frost-free greenhouse, moving to a sheltered, semi-shaded position outdoors for the summer

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in warmth when ripe, or separate offsets after the foliage dies down

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be affected by lily beetle, aphids and slugs

Diseases

Grey moulds and a virus may cause problems. See lily diseases

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