- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or a loam-based potting compost, such as John Innes no2
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 16/18
Add some drama to the summer garden with this stunning pollen-free lily. Each bloom is an exotic-looking blend of orange and deep maroon, so has a tropical feel to it, and as the stamens do not carry pollen, you dont need to worry about it staining your clothes or furnishings if you cut them for the vase.
The RSPCA have reported that all parts of the lily can be fatal to cats, including the flower, leaves and pollen. For more information visit Rspca.org
- Garden care: Lilies can be planted at any time from early autumn, to mid-spring. Planting in autumn often helps them settle in and become better established before they start to put on their new spring growth, but spring planting is a better option if your soil is heavy and wet during winter. Choose a sunny spot, preferably where the plant receives a little light shade at its base, and plant each bulb 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in a well-drained soil, enriched with well-rotted organic matter or leaf mould. Space them at approximately 30cm (12") intervals and provide support before the flowers appear. Deadhead the faded blooms promptly and cut the dead stems back to ground level at the end of autumn.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs