Giant Himalayan Lily CARDIOCRINUM

Imagine a Lily trumpet 6 inches long -now imagine twenty of them borne aloft on a stem above your head! If your garden is a modest one then such a sight will have to remain in your imagination, but if you have the space you can grow the Giant Himalayan Lily.

VARIETIES: The giant is C. giganteum (Lilium giganteum), which grows up to 9 ft tall. The white flowers have purplish markings on the inside and are delicately fragrant – a crown of large bells abovetheshinyleavesspirallingthetoweringstem.The’baby’is C. cordatum which only grows 6 ft high. The flowers are fewer in number but no smaller in size.

SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, moisture-retentive soil and light shade are essential.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time October. Planting depth 6 in.

Spacing: 3 ft. Height 6-9 ft.

Flowering period: June-August.

PROPAGATION: Buy new bulbs. The bulb dies after flowering – offsets can be planted but will take years to flower.

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