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Lilium speciosum var. rubrum (Red Japanese lily)

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1.5m
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0.5m
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2-5 years
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Plant details

Botanical name

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum

Other names

Red Japanese lily, Red showy lily, Red showy Japanese lily, Red orchid lily

Genus

Lilium Lilium

Species

L. speciosum var. rubrum - L. speciosum var. rubrum is a vigorous, erect, bulbous perennial with purple-brown stems bearing short-stalked, broadly lance-shaped to ovate, dark green leaves and racemes of large, fragrant, pendent to outward-facing, turkscap, heavily spotted, deep reddish-pink flowers in late summer and early autumn.


Lilium speciosum var. rubrum is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright

Flower

Spotted, Reddish pink in Summer; Spotted, Reddish pink in Autumn

Foliage

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

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Lily beetle (Scarlet) , Rabbits , Slugs , Vine weevil Aphids , Lily beetle (Scarlet) , Rabbits , Slugs , Vine weevil

Grey mould , Virus Grey mould , Virus

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly. In cold areas, protect with a dry winter mulch or lift, dry and store in a cool place. Can be stored in the refrigerator over the winter. Divide every three years to maintain vigour.

Propagation

Separate offsets after the foliage dies down.

Propagation methods

Offsets


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Where to grow

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum (Red Japanese lily) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant bulbs in partial shade 20cm deep in moist, acid soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter. Requires a cool, sheltered site. Spreads by stolons. Does not tolerate winter wet. Suitable for growing in a cool greenhouse.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4), Indoor unheated (H2)

Companion plants

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

Botanical name

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum

Other names

Red Japanese lily, Red showy lily, Red showy Japanese lily, Red orchid lily

Genus

Lilium Lilium

Species

L. speciosum var. rubrum - L. speciosum var. rubrum is a vigorous, erect, bulbous perennial with purple-brown stems bearing short-stalked, broadly lance-shaped to ovate, dark green leaves and racemes of large, fragrant, pendent to outward-facing, turkscap, heavily spotted, deep reddish-pink flowers in late summer and early autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright


Colour

Flower

Spotted, Reddish pink in Summer; Spotted, Reddish pink in Autumn

Foliage

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


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Lily beetle (Scarlet) , Rabbits , Slugs , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Grey mould , Virus

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly. In cold areas, protect with a dry winter mulch or lift, dry and store in a cool place. Can be stored in the refrigerator over the winter. Divide every three years to maintain vigour.

Propagation

Separate offsets after the foliage dies down.

Propagation methods

Offsets


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum (Red Japanese lily) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant bulbs in partial shade 20cm deep in moist, acid soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter. Requires a cool, sheltered site. Spreads by stolons. Does not tolerate winter wet. Suitable for growing in a cool greenhouse.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4), Indoor unheated (H2)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum (Red Japanese 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

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum (Red Japanese lily)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

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)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum (Red Japanese lily)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Plantago asiatica mosaic virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Unknown

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

5

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

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest risk analysis suggested potential economic impacts would be small; and management by industry would be appropriate. Industry may wish to monitor for the presence of the pest and the Dutch industry certification scheme is of added benefit to the 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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