Lilium philippinense is a stunner.
With hugely long, elegant and large trumpet blooms.
All snowy white, adorned with apple green throats and blushed wine at the base.
And you can expect up to 5 to 6 gorgeous trumpets per stem.
Lilium philippinense ia also a stunner for perfume
So the fragrance is wonderful, with scent wafting through the garden from the heads of giant flowers.
Tall & stately
As well as a stunner for statuesque height.
The Phillipine Lily is the willowy super-model of the Lilium world.
With flower stems towering up to 90cm to 1.5m. tall, and the multiple flower trumpets clustered atop. Blooming in mid summer through into early autumn.
Excellent cut flowers
Fortunately the tall flower stems are strong, and cut beautifully for a vase indoors.
Where the bewitchingly sweet fragrance can scent the house.
And the blooms have a reputation as being amongst the longest lasting of all in a vase.
Quick to bloom from seed
Lilium philippinense also has a reputation of being perhaps the quickest and easiest Lily to raise from seed.
You can have them in bloom just 10 months after sowing the seed, given seasonal timing.
And they will self seed if given a suitable happy place in the garden. To form an elegant and divinely perfumed drift of plants. They look and smell sensational when massed.
Hardy & easy to grow for sub-tropical gardeners
Lilium philippinense is an accommodating Lily to grow, particularly if you live in a warmer, coastal, or sub-tropical climate.
Because it is a native of northern Philippines and Taiwan.
Thus it is naturally adapted to summer heat and humidity.
So it will thrive in Part Shade, Dappled sun under trees and shrubs, or a Morning Sun position.
And it enjoys and performs best in humus rich, well-drained soil with an acid pH.
However it is miserable in frost.
Can be left undisturbed for years to happily multiply
Lilium philippinense is a hardy, stoloniferous bulb that can be left in the ground permanently from one year to the next.
It reliably increases in the garden by making offsets each year, as well as self-sown seedlings.
So you can soon have a wonderous colony.
Bees are entranced by the huge fragrant trumpets just as we are
Bees find these showy trumpets just as irresistible as we do, as they gather their pollen.
At least 90cm. and up to 1.5m. High in spectacular flower x 20cm. Wide neat foliage clump.
Foliage does away without fuss after blooming. To reappear again next spring.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: Lilium philippinense
Sow in punnets indoors at any time / or sow outdoors in garden autumn or winter.
INDOORS: Sow the seeds on their sides, in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then barely cover the seeds with grit/sieved mix/or sand.
Now keep the punnet moist in a warm, well-lit position for 4 weeks (not in direct sunlight).
Because temperatures of 18-24°C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Then seeds usually sprout in 21-28 days
However if the seeds are shy to germinate, then they require a period of chilling to break their natural dormancy.
So wrap the sown, moist punnet in cling wrap or a plastic bag and place in fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks.
After the period of chilling in the fridge, remove punnet from the fridge, unwrap & place again in a warm, well-lit position at 18-24°C.
But patience – do not discard punnet, as some seedlings may come later than others, and this is normal for this plant.
SEED COUNT: 30 large seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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