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Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan lily)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Other names

Giant Himalayan lily, Giant lily, Lilium gigantum

Genus

Cardiocrinum Cardiocrinum

Species

C. giganteum - C. giganteum is a bulbous perennial with ovate, glossy, basal leaves and large, sceneted and trumpet shaped, white flowers with a deep throat.


Cardiocrinum giganteum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flower

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Maroon, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Diseases

Prone to lily virus.

General care

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan lily) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant bulbs just below the soil surface in autumn in a partially shaded, sheltered location in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Bulbs will take several years to reach maturity and die after flowering, leaving many offsets. Plant a few every year to crea

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Other names

Giant Himalayan lily, Giant lily, Lilium gigantum

Genus

Cardiocrinum Cardiocrinum

Species

C. giganteum - C. giganteum is a bulbous perennial with ovate, glossy, basal leaves and large, sceneted and trumpet shaped, white flowers with a deep throat.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flower

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Maroon, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

Diseases

Prone to lily virus.

General care

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan lily) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant bulbs just below the soil surface in autumn in a partially shaded, sheltered location in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Bulbs will take several years to reach maturity and die after flowering, leaving many offsets. Plant a few every year to crea

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan lily)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa (all other strains and subspecies)

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range and many sub-species and strains; including those that could thrive in cooler climates; showing different levels of pathogenicity. Although EU regulated; there is some concern about the risk of introduction. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan lily)

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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