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Lilium Oriental ‘Casablanca’,  Oriental Lily , Zones 4-9

Oriental Lilies are later to bloom than other types, with intoxicatingly fragrant star-shaped flowers that are superb for cutting. They prefer a rich, moist soil on the acidic side, with similar needs to Rhododendrons. This tall selection produces enormous white flowers with contrasting red anthers. Up to 8 blooms per stem.  It is extremely popular for cutting, particularly for weddings. Stems should be staked before blooming to prevent wind damage. Especially nice in containers. Remove dead stems in the fall. Clumps may be divided after a few years by digging up the bulbs in mid autumn, separating them and replanting to a new location. Scarlet lily beetles can be a problem.  

Sun Exposure: full sun part shade

Soil type: average fertile

Soil PH: neutral, acid

Soil Moisture: moist soil with good drainage

Care level: easy (stake for blooming)

Flower color: white

Bloom time: mid to late summer

Foliage Color: deep green

Uses and Characteristics: accent: good form and texture, specimen, border, containers, shade garden,  massed, fragrant, deer resistant,

Flower head size: very large

Height: 90-120 cm (35-47 inches)   Width: 25-30 cm (10-12 inches)

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation: divide clumps of bulbs in fall and replant.