Lilium formosum is just one of the 90 species of Lilium, which are perennial herbs of the North Temperate Zone. Formosa lilies are native to Taiwan.
Blooming Time: They can be forced to bloom at anytime of the year. Flowers are up to 5 to 8 inches long, trumpet-shaped and very fragrant.
Culture: Lilium formosum is a stately plant often reaching 5 to 6 feet. Lilies in general have only 3 basic cultural requirements: (1) a deep, loose, well-drained soil. At the greenhouse we use a mix of equal parts loam and sand with peat moss added for organic matter. (2) Ample moisture year-round; they never stop growing completely. (3) Coolness and shade at the roots are needed, and sun or filtered shade at the top where the flowers form. Formosa lilies should be planted 4 to 6 inched deep to allow for heavy stem roots.
Propagation: Lilium formosum are propagated by division of the bulbs and by seed.
Lilium formosum was featured as Plant of the Week April 21-27, 2000.
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