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Citronelle Lily

Lilium 'Citronelle'

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Citronelle Lily (Lilium 'Citronelle') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Citronelle Lily flowers

Citronelle Lily flowers

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Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Citronella Lily

Group/Class:  Asiatic Hybrid

Description:

A striking hybrid lily producing large, nodding, yellow bloom with burgundy spots, crowning sturdy straight stems that are excellent for cutting; this variety is a good choice to create focal interest in areas around shrubbery or border plantings

Ornamental Features

Citronelle Lily features bold nodding lemon yellow trumpet-shaped flowers with burgundy spots at the ends of the stems in mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Citronelle Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Citronelle Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Citronelle Lily will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Citronelle Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features