Lilium “Dolce Vita”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Oriental lily
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Bulb
Familial- Liliaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 3 to 4 ft.
Span- 0.75 to 1 ft.
Coloring- Coral pink with white
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best with upper plant in full sun and roots in shade. Plant bulbs 4-6’ deep in rich, organic soil in fall or early spring (some nurseries only ship bulbs in fall, however). Potted plants may be planted any time from spring to fall. Plant in groups of at least three for best display and space 12’ apart. Bulbs need good dampure year-round. Do not allow soil to arid out. Mulch around plants to keep root zone cool. Remove flowers as they fade to prevent seed from setting. After bloom, cut plants back only after leaves and stems turn yellow.
Oriental hybrid lilies are known for their intense fragrances, large flowers (6-8’ wide) with recurved petals, and rich colors. This Oriental hybrid flower features rich coral pink petals with white edges and a deeper coral midrib stripe, with a sprinkling of spots. Blooms in mid to late summer on 3-4” rigid stems. Among the last of the true lilies to bloom. Flowers are very fragrant. Excellent fresh cut flower.
Lily mosaic virus can be a significant problem, with prompt control of aphids which vector the disease being highly recommended. Bulb rot can be a problem in wet, poorly drained soils. Botrytis can also occur. Plants may need staking if grown in too much shade (stems weaken) or if grown in locations exposed to too much wind.
Common Applications-
An excellent, showy flower that provides color and contrast in summer to the perennial border. Plant in groups near the patio and enjoy the fragrance when sitting outside on summer evenings. Also grows well in pots, but flowers will be somewhat smaller.