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Nodding Lily

Lilium cernuum 'Pink'

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Nodding Lily (Lilium cernuum 'Pink') at Plant World

Nodding Lily flowers

Nodding Lily flowers

(Photo courtesy of E. Hutchison)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Turk's Cap Lily

Description:

A delicate variety which is adorned with fabulous flowers of pale purple, stippled and dotted caramine; flowers are strongly recurved and pleasantly perfumed; foliage is tidy and grass-like serving to enhance the flowers

Ornamental Features

Nodding Lily features bold racemes of fragrant lavender trumpet-shaped flowers with red overtones and dark red spots dangling from the stems in mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Nodding Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Nodding Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Nodding Lily will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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Massing  Garden 
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Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features