Lilium “Miss Rio”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Oriental lily
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Bulb
Familial- Liliaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 1.5 to 2 ft.
Span- 0.75 to 1 ft.
Coloring- Rose pink with red
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Abstract-
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.
Attributes-
Oriental hybrid lilies are known for their intense fragrances, large flowers (6-8’ wide) with recurved petals, and rich colors. This Oriental hybrid is a dwarf lily which features soft rose pink petals with darker bands and white edges. Blooms in summer on 2” rigid stems. Flowers are fragrant. Excellent fresh cut flower.
Issues-
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 Oriental lily on a compact plant. Provides color and contrast in summer to perennial border fronts. Also grows well in pots or patio containers, but flowers will be somewhat smaller.

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