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Lilium henryi  is a very robust species Lily from China.

Colloquially known as the Chen Yi form this form is blessed with a more upright stem and increased vigour. A mature stem can grow well over 2 mt. with as many as 50 flowers in January. Its ability to produce tertiary, or even quarternary buds ensures blooms over a very extended period – sometimes over 2 months. It flowers here in late January.

Lilium henryi more mature stem

Lilium henryi is also one of the parents of today’s modern Oriental/Trumpet (OT) Lilium Hybrids and has imparted its great vigour to those Lilies.

Like most Lilies it needs good deep drainage and a neutral to moderately acid soil. It appreciates plenty of organic matter which assists, not only with drainage, but with oxygen and nutrient availability. Plant deeply at 200 – 300 mm.,depending on the size of your bulb.

For more information on how to grow lilies go to Some Simple Steps to Growing great Lilies on the North-West Tasmanian Lilium Society’s website