Lilium “African Queen”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Aurelian lily
Grow Zone - 4 to 8
Type- Bulb
Familial- Liliaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 3 to 5 ft.
Span- 1 to 2 ft.
Coloring- Yellow orange with apricot-brown reverses
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, organic soils. More drought tolerant than most other types of lilies. Bulbs prefer good dampure year-round, however. Plant bulbs 6-8’ deep (slightly less in heavy clay) and space 12-18’ apart in either fall or early spring. Plant in groups of at least three bulbs for best display. Mulch around plants to keep root zone cool. Protect from wind. Although stems are strong, staking for this tall lily is advisable. Remove flowers as they fade to prevent plant energies from being wasted on seed production. After bloom, cut plants to the ground only after leaves and stems have turned yellow.
This Aurelian hybrid trumpet lily (Division 6a) typically grows 3-4” tall (often to 5” when well established) on rigid stems. Features large, outward-facing, fragrant, yellowish-orange trumpets (6-8’ long) with apricot-brown reverses which bloom in early summer. Each stem typically carries 12-20 flowers. Long-lasting fresh cut flower. Hybridized by J. deGraaf, 1958.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to - (1) lily mosaic virus (prompt control of aphid populations which vector the disease is recommended since there is no cure once infection occurs), (2) bulb rot (avoid wet, poorly-drained soils), and (3) botrytis. May need staking.
Common Applications-
Excellent showy flower for the summer border. Group near a patio and enjoy the fragrance on a summer evening.