74 Different Types of Beautiful Lily Varieties

LIlies are one of the most popular flowers that gardeners plant each season. They are quite stunning, and there are many different varieties that you can plant in your flower garden! In this article, we take a look at some of our favorite types of lilies, with names and pictures of each!

types of lilies

When you think of spring you probably think of lilies: stunning flowers that seem to adorn nearly every major social event during the springtime. However, there are actually thousands of different lily varieties, and no two are exactly alike!

Lilies have been a favorite flower of many gardeners for centuries. There are few flowers as popular as the lily, which is supported by their beautiful colors, and ease of care. There are over 2,000 varieties of lilies to choose from, and that’s not even including hybrids. The Lilium genus of flowering plants are all true lilies, while there are a number of plants with lily in the name that are not.

With so many different types of lilies, choosing one is almost impossible, let alone a few! There are many things to consider, from the color you want, the growing zone you live in, and perhaps your favorite color or bloom type. We’ve put together a list of our favorite lily varieties so that you can choose the perfect match for your flower garden! Ready to learn more? Let’s dig in!

‘Acapulco’

Multiple Large Pink Lilium “Acapulco”  flowers with long slender petals with dark strokes and red dots and large stamens Blooming in the Sun
This variety has delicate pink flowers with slightly ruffled petals that have dark strokes and red dots.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Acapulco
  • Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-12
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

The Acapulco lily is a hardy, large, lovely flower that can last up to a decade if it’s properly cared for. With bright pink petals that span up to four inches wide, this plant is exceptionally showy and does well in a garden with other flowers.

The Acapulco lily was developed for longevity and hardiness. It’s tolerant to pollution, chemicals, and weed killer. However, this plant is a little fragile when it comes to insects, so take special care of your blooms for the longest life possible.

‘African Queen’

Yellow trumpet-shaped flower with and Purple streaks called Lilium ‘African Queen’ Flower Close Up in a garden
Plant this variety in an area that’s sunny with light, loose soil.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘African Queen’
  • Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 15-20
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

The African Queen Lily is a fitting place to start this list. One of the largest and most fragrant lilies available, she truly is a queen of flowers. The dark apricot petals open to reveal a magenta heart and throat, and it smells delightful from the time it grows buds until the final petal falls.

The African Queen Lily is as regal as the name implies. The colorful blossoms can bloom to eight inches wide on top of a four-foot flower, making them almost as tall as some of their gardeners. Blooming in mid to late summer, this regal bloom will fill out your garden as the days begin to turn cold.

‘Altaria’

Close Up of two blooming White with pink streaks Lilium ‘Altari’, trumpet shaped flowers with six petals that face downward from the top of the tall stem
This variety can tolerate a range of sunlight conditions.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Altari’
  • Type: Orienpet Lily
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

The Altaria Lily is a showstopper with its white edges and a deep raspberry center. On top of these striking colors, the petals can spread to almost a foot across. One of the largest blooms in the lily family, the Altaria is a beautiful addition to a garden.

Altaria plants are relatively hardy and work in zones 5-9. They also provide a lovely aroma that can be smelled from several hundred feet away. This flower is a great option for any garden or backyard to attract butterflies and bees without much maintenance.

‘Amoenum’

Pink With Yellow Center Lilium amoenum Flower With three larger petals toward the front and three smaller petals toward the back of the flower head and a blurred green background
This variety needs consistent moisture throughout the growing season.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Amoenum’
  • Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 3-6
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 7-9

If you are lucky enough to see the Amoenum Lily, don’t miss the chance. It’s an incredibly rare lily, found naturally in certain valleys of China and Eastern Asia. The Amoenum Lily has lovely pink, purple, or magenta flowers that open downwards like a cup.

This lily does better in higher altitudes. It’s extremely rare, so if you do find a bulb or a plant, you should keep it in a pot for the best results. The more you can control the atmosphere around such a rare beauty, the better!

‘Anastasia’

Single Large Pink Lilium ‘Anastasia’ Flower With white edges and red spots Blooming in a Garden on a sunny and cloudless day
This variety has very large flowers that are a pale pink hue with a darker stripe that runs along the center of the petal.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Anastasia’
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 20-30
  • Plant Size: 4-7 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

While the blooms on the Anastasia Lily face downwards, they are so widespread that they almost support themselves enough to break even again. These blooms are a gorgeous hot pink with paler edges and yellow hearts. They are speckled in dark pink throughout, giving them a cute freckled look.

Although Anastasia lilies are newer additions to the lily world, they have already made their mark. The huge, open blooms and lovely colors make them instantly popular in any garden or bouquet.

‘Arabian Knight’

Five Fiery Red Lilium ‘Arabian Knight’ Flowers blooming atop a tall single stemwith yellow stamens and one flower bud about to bloom
This variety blooms profusely: up to 50 flowers are formed on one peduncle!
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Arabian Knight’
  • Lily Type: Martagon
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 25-50
  • Plant Size: 3-6 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-7

Martagon lilies are a fascinating subclass of lilies. Instead of facing toward the sun, they droop downwards, allowing more flowers to bloom on the stem. These lilies can grow up to 25 blossoms per stem each season.

They are a beautiful addition to any garden with deep red colors outlined in gold. The petals curl all the way back so that even though they are facing downwards, you can see all of the colors in this little masterpiece of a flower.

‘Black Beauty’

Stunning  dark pink with red spots Lilium 'Black Beauty' Flower Close up with petals that curve back over and away from the center and long light green stamens
This variety blooms in the summer months of July through August.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Black Beauty
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 10-20
  • Plant Size: 4-7 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

The Black Beauty Lily is a bred lily, based on the naturally occurring Orienpet lily and the Turk’s Cap. It has gorgeous raspberry-red petals that curl away from the green and white center of the flower. The stamen are long and lovely to emphasize the size.

The size of this stalk is what makes it such a popular border and garden flower. Black Beauty lilies can grow up to seven feet tall, towering over gardeners and making your backyard feel like a fairy wonderland.

‘Black Out’

Five Deep Red Flowers with dark red throats of the Lilium ‘Black Out’ growing atop a single stem in a home garden along a wall with blurred garden in the background
Try to avoid getting water on the leaves as this variety can be prone to fungal diseases.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Black Out’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 15-20
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

With a name like “Blackout Lily,” you might think that this plant is all dark. Actually, it’s a rich crimson red. However, it’s called Blackout lily because of the uniformity of the color. The plant rarely develops in any other color and even more rarely has speckles.

Unlike most lilies, the Blackout Lily grows in bunches of several blooms per stalk. A single plant can look like several different bulbs, but it’s just one plant with several stalks. Because of its unique darker color, this lily combines well with other lighter flowers.

‘Black Spider’

Three pale Yellow flowers with dark purple splotches of the Lilium ‘Black Spider’ and several flower buds waiting to bloom
This variety produces pale yellow flowers with a dark purple center that smells delicious.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Black Spider’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant:
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

When you look at this plant, there’s no question how it got its name. Pale yellow petals are ensnared by a deep purple, almost black flower center. Some varieties have black spots that cover the yellow part, looking like a spider landed on a yellow flower. Most commonly, they are identified as a flower with both black and white petals.

Black Spider lilies will self-seed if you prune them after blooming. The more you prune them, the further these lilies will spread in your garden, leaving you with a whole field of Black Spider lilies to capture the eye. It also smells delightful.

‘Bolander’s’

Red Speckled Petals with yellow centers and dark red spots on the Lilium bolanderi Flower up close in a sunny garden
This rare lily is native to North America and has deep red petals with yellow centers.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Bolanderi’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 7-11

Bolander’s lily is native to the mountainous areas of the Western United States. It is a beautiful perennial, with several dark red flowers that blossom off a single, naked stem. The deepest parts of the center are yellow with dark brown speckles.

Although Bolander’s Lily is beautiful and easy to care for, it is a relatively rare bulb to find. If you’re lucky enough to get a hold of it, keep in mind that it does well in drought conditions and shouldn’t be overwatered!

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‘Brindisi’

Five Soft Pink Flowers of the Lilium brindisi with six petals each and long stamens growing in a home garden along a border
The variety is valued for large, rich pink flowers up to six inches in diameter.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Brindisi’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 5-8
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Mid to full sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

Solid pale pink petals with a darker pink center set this lily apart from the rest. Instead of having speckles or a different color rim, it is a lovely pink that fades darker as you reach the heart of the flower.

One of the more low-maintenance types of lily, these flowers thrive in less mineral-rich soil and only need sun and water to grow. As a result, they might come back after winter, depending on how harsh or cold the weather is. However, they’re easy to replant if they don’t come back!

‘Brunello’

Several Bright Orange flowers with six petals each of the Lilium ‘Brunello’ Plant blooming in the sunshine of a home garden
It is best to water the Brunello Lily during the flowering period, keeping the soil moist.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Brunello’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 8-12
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

With bright orange flowers and dark spots, these lilies are grown throughout the country for their colors and hardiness. As long as they get adequate sunlight and enough water, these lilies can last for years and come back summer after summer.

Brunello lilies are great for butterfly gardens because they produce a lot of pollen and attract both bees and butterflies. You can add them for color to any garden, but be prepared for lots of insects and butterflies within your garden!

‘Canada’

Six Hanging Yellow Flowers of the Lilium canadense facing down rfom their individual stems with shadows forming on the flowers from the evening sun
The color of the blooms can be red, yellow, to brown with frequent dark patches on the petals.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Canadense’
  • Lily Type: Martagon
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 10-20
  • Plant Size: 3-8 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 1-8

The Canada lily can be a smaller size or a huge towering plant, depending on the conditions. When best taken care of, Canada lilies grow up to eight feet tall and produce up to 20 flowers. These blooms look down on passersby, revealing their multi-colored centers.

Canada lily flowers are red around the edges with bright orange centers. Some variations have yellow petals and brown insides, but the red and orange versions are the most common. These flowers are easily grown in a northern garden.

‘Cappuccino’

several pale Yellow flower with deep Purple to brown splotches in the center of each petal called the Cappuccino Lily, growing among green foliage
‘Cappuccino’ is a hardy plant that produces large white flowers with a dark brown or purple center.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Cappuccino’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-10

The Cappuccino lily was named for its deep brown center and creamy white edges. Some versions have pure white edges and deep purple centers instead, but both versions have larger flowers than most lily types. It’s closely related to the Tango lily.

These flowers are easy to care for and have been genetically modified to grow for several years in your gardens. If you buy Cappuccino bulbs, you’ll be richly rewarded with years of hardy blooms.

‘Casa Blanca’

Huge pure White Blossoms of the Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’ with long pale stamens with brownish-orange tips growing in tall stalks with long green leaves
Once the buds of ‘Casa Blanca’ begin to form, the plant should be protected from hot rays.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

If you want a blindingly white, exotically shaped lily, take a look at the Casa Blanca lily. These curling petals bloom outward with pure white blossoms and reddish-brown anthers, a contrast that immediately grabs the attention of many.

Casa Blanca lilies are incredibly popular in gardens and hothouses because of their bright color and interesting shape. They are common staples in moon gardens or all-white floral arrangements and have made it into their fair share of wedding bouquets. These flowers are lovely and deserve every bit of praise they get.

‘Catesby’s’

close up of Lilium catesbaei flower with thin petals that start off green and turn yellow to red with dark spots; stamens are long and pale green with yellow tips
‘Catesby’ produces bright red-yellow flowers and grows wild in swamps and bays.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Catesbaei’
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 6-10

Catesby’s Lily (sometimes referred to as a Pine Lily) is a wildflower native to the American Southeast. It thrives in marshes, swamps, and bayous, adding some bright red and yellow to the surrounding area.

This lily has petals with quite a bit of space between them – each yellow, orange, and red ombre petal shoots out on its own, not touching its mates. Catesby’s lily only produces one bloom, so you’ll have to plant several if you want a garden full of them!

‘Cernuum’

Three Soft pinkish-Purple flowers with Petals that Fold Upward of the Lilium cernuum growing along a central stem and hanging downward
‘Cernuum’ has an incredible curved petal shape and a stunning pink color with multiple flowers per stem.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Cernuum’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-12
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

If you love lilies that open their faces to the sun, then the Cernuum lily is an excellent choice. This lily is native to Korea, China, and Russia. Its petals open so wide that they curl behind the flower and touch again on the other side.

On top of the incredible petal formation, these flowers are stunningly pink, with multiple blooms per stalk. They do well in colder regions and don’t need to be wintered to survive multiple years in a northern garden.

‘Chalcedonian’

Close up of a bright red Red lilium chalcedonicum Flower With Curved Petals that face outward, with short yellow stamens with red tips against a blurred green background
‘Chalcedonian’ is a rather rare species, usually found in the Middle East.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Chalcedonicum
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 2-5
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

The Chalcedonian lily is a rare, but gorgeous flower. It is commonly found in the Middle East and has a following with gardeners there. However, it’s difficult to maintain because this flower is extremely prone to viruses and molds.

This lily is bright scarlet from the tips of its stamen to the ends of its petals. If you find bulbs, grow them where they won’t be choked out by other plants. By ensuring that they have enough room to grow, you increase your chances of seeing this delightful bloom.

‘Citronella’

Large Yellow Lilium ‘Citronella’ Flowers with dark brown spots on each of its six petals that curve slightly outward growing from a central stem against a blurred green building in the background
‘Citronella’ has a sweet aroma that attracts butterflies to the garden.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Citronella’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 10-20
  • Plant Size: 3-5 feet tall
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

The citronella lily looks like a lemon poppyseed muffin. With stunning yellow petals and small black dots all over, you could put this lily in a bakery, and it would fit right in! The petals curl back away from the center of the flower, revealing lovely long stamen with brown tips.

Citronella lilies are excellent for naturalizing your garden. If you want your garden to look like a wild and natural place, you want taller lilies. Citronella lilies are perfect because they self-spread and will end up in places you didn’t plant them. For a wildflower haven, these lilies will make a great addition.

‘Columbia’

Three Small Orange Lilium columbianum Flowers with dark brown spots on each of its six petals that curve outward and grow from a single stem for each flower against a blurred background of a blurred garden
‘Columbia’ likes loose, fertile, and slightly acidic soil rich in organic matter.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Columbianum
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 3-6
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Native to the mountains and valleys of the upper northwest, the Columbia lily is a lovely little flower with drooping blooms. Each petal curls completely back, nearly touching the stem, to allow the plant to get as much sunlight as possible.

The petals on the Columbia lily are yellow with brown speckles. For this reason, it’s often confused with the Tiger Lily, which is native to Asia. While the two are close cousins, they are not the same flower and have different growing patterns.

‘Dizzy’

Two Large White flowers With dark pink Streaks and dark red spots on petals throughout that curve slightly outward Adorning the Dizzy Lily growing in a flower bed along a wall
‘Dizzy’ has six petals with delicately curved tips.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Dizzy’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet tall
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to medium sun
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

Dizzy Lilies grow to almost four feet tall and have strikingly speckled petals. The petals are mostly white but are dotted all over with deep red dots. In the middle, there is a dark pink stripe that takes you by surprise when the flower first opens.

These lilies have a scent from the very beginning of blooming time until the last petal falls. They are a great addition to any garden, home, or patio where visitors can enjoy their colors and smells. It can also self-seed and tends to come back every year, no matter what zone it is planted in.

‘Elodie’

Close Up of Two Pink star-shaped  Lilium maculatum Flowers with outer petals and inner petals that bloom closer to the center of the flower growing in a garden
‘Elodie’ produces large flowers that bloom around the month of June.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Maculatum
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 3-6
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Elodie Lilies have pale pink blooms with one and a half sets of petals. In addition to the standard outer lily petals, there are smaller petals that bloom near the center of the flower. These lilies are striking in appearance and easy to care for.

If you like the delicate, lovely appearance of these flowers, you might be surprised at how hardy they actually are. As long as you provide regular water, shade, and fertilizer, these flowers will reseed themselves and come back yearly.

‘Entertainer’

Close up of the Large and Flashy Lilium ‘Entertainer’ Flower with bright pink petals that have a dark streak running through the center, dark spots, lighter color on the borders, and a touch of yellow at the base that begins as a true white
‘Entertainer’ has medium-sized flowers, crimson-colored petals with dark pink specks, and a light pink border.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Entertainer’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 16-20 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

These lilies have a distinct smell, sweeter than many other lilies. They are light purple or pink with frilled edges and a white throat. Entertainer lilies can grow on their own and self-seed. Once they are done blooming, it’s essential that you prune the yellow petals back so they can bloom again.

These flowers are a member of the Oriental Hybrids division and make up the pink and purple sections. Like others in the division, they are wide opening flowers with frilled edges that open towards the sun.

‘Fire King’

Bright Orange Lilium ‘Fire King’ Flower Close Up With dark speckles on the petals that curve outward away from the orange stamen with brown tips taking in the late afternoon sun
Fire King Lily produces small flowers with bright orange petals.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Fire King’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 10-20
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Plant Zone: 1-8

Fire King lilies are certainly aptly named. With bright orange petals that curl backward like flames, they are some of the most vibrant miniature lilies on the market. These plants can self-seed and proliferate throughout a garden, making it a wilderness of bright orange blossoms on long green stems.

Fire King lilies are smaller than most taller lily blooms. Although they grow up to four feet tall, the lilies themselves are small. However, they make up for it by blooming halfway down the stalk and providing you with at least ten blossoms per plant.

‘Fire’

Fiery Orange Lilium bulbiferum flower Close Up With six petals that sport small dark spots that form a star shape around dark red stamen and do not overlap basking in sunshine
‘Fire’ has large flowers with six fiery petals and dark red stamens.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Bulbiferum
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant:
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

The fire lily is well named–six fire-colored petals fan out from dark red stamen in a star shape. The petals don’t overlap too much, so it’s possible to see through the corners of them and down to the simple green foliage below.

Fire lilies are often confused with tiger lilies, but they aren’t the same flower. Fire lilies are also orange that can fade to red at the tips, but they don’t have the speckles of tiger lilies. They are also different than fire king lilies, which are miniature flowers.

‘Flashpoint’

Slightly Pointed and Thin Petals of Bright Pink With White Margins of the Lilium ‘Flashpoint’ Plant growing on four separate blooms atop a singular stem in a flower garden with a few flower buds about ready to open up
The flowers of the ‘Flashpoint’ are a combination of hot pink with a delicately framing white border.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Flashpoint’
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

Orienpet lilies have long, thin petals that open wide to the sun. The Flashpoint lily is no exception to this – these petals spread far apart and reveal the entirety of the plant’s stamen. However, it’s not showing off because the petals are beautiful. A pale pink rim fades quickly to deep pink in the middle.

Flashpoint lilies grow well in gardens, especially as border plants. They are resistant to deer and can keep deer out of the rest of your garden. Flashpoint lilies are also some of the more fragrant lilies available and will add an amazing smell to your garden or home.

‘Forever Susan’

Dark Orange Flower of the Exotic-Looking Lilium “Forever Susan” With Purple brush-stroke coloring on the center of each of the six petals opening up to light orange stamen with buds ready to bloom in the background, growing from the same plant
The glossy, plum-black color of ‘Forever Susan’ petals contrasts spectacularly with the bright orange tips and centers.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Forever Susan
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

The Forever Susan lily was named to reference Black-eyed Susans, another gardening classic. However, instead of yellow petals and a black center, these flowers have deep purple or black petals with bright yellow tips.

The Forever Susan lily is a striking addition to any garden, especially when most consider lilies to only consist of light or pastel colors. Impress new visitors and gardeners with this unique and stunning lily.

‘Friendly’

Two Bright Orange Flowers of the Lilium amabile Plant Growing From a Single Stem with six petals on each flower curving outward and away from the yellow and red stamen and facing downward with the bright sky as a background
‘Friendly’ has one to three orange flowers per stem and will grow wherever you plant it.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Amabile’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-3
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

The “Lilium amabile” translates directly to “lovable lily,” but this single bloom is more commonly referred to as the friendly lily. It lives up to its name, bobbing happily on the side of the road or in gardens wherever it’s planted.

The friendly lily might not be the most commonly planted lily, but its red and yellow petals are often confused with Turk’s Cap and other brightly-colored lilies. However, the friendly lily is often lonely, with one bloom on each stalk.

‘Gluhwein’

Close up of the Lilium ‘Gluhwein’ Flower With petals with a white edge that start out as orange in the center and slightly curve outward away from the pale green and brown stamen with a blurred green background
‘Gluhwein’ is a popular variety that can produce up to 100 flowers per plant.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Gluhwein’
  • Lily Type: Orienpet Lily
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 50-100
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet tall
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

Gluhwein lilies are some of the most popular lilies in the world. When cultivated from a bulb, they can produce upwards of 100 flowers per plant. This makes them extremely popular in the cut flower world because of their prolific growing habits. They can produce this many blooms because of the way the flowers half droop in a pendant style.

Gluhwein lilies are also beautiful. The edges of the petals are white, and it fades from pink to a yellow or orange center. These lilies are enormously popular in cut bouquets as well as gardens. You’ve certainly seen these lilies in the convenience store or in a garden – why not add them to your own?

‘Golden-Rayed’

Stunning Large Single Lilium auratum Flower With White Long Pointed Petals That Have Yellow Streaks in the center and Dark Brown Speckles That curve outward away from large yellow and brown stamen against a blurred green background
‘Golden-Rayed’ has a bright yellow beam of color bursting from the center of the petal.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Auratum’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-14
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-10

The Golden-Rayed lily can vary in color, but each type has one thing in common: the bright yellow “ray” of color emanating from the center of the petal. Whether the outside of the petals are white or orange, this ray adds a stunning touch of yellow.

Golden-Rayed lilies are often speckled with brown or orange, which adds to their beauty. They are easy to care for and have curving, soft-edged petals. In addition to their stunning looks, these flowers have a unique sweet and spicy fragrance.

‘Golden Splendor’

Two Vivid Pure Yellow Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’ Trumpet-Shaped Flowers With Six Petals each Blooming in the Sun With the Bright Blue Sky as the background
‘Golden Splendor’ is an Asian tubular lily hybrid with large golden-lemon inflorescences.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Golden Splendor’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-20
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Trumpet lilies are similar to what we know as Easter lilies. They are shaped like small trumpets and droop down towards the ground, only to spring back towards the sun in the early mornings. Golden Splendor lilies are a type of trumpet lily that have vibrant yellow petals and darker, almost burgundy outsides.

The blooms are not only bright yellow, but they are also some of the largest lily blossoms in existence. These plants can produce flowers that measure over six inches across and have won awards for their size and color.

‘Gran Paradiso’

Multiple Bright Red Flowers of the Lilium asiatic Grand Paradiso, each with six petals, three outer and three inner that have dark orange throat and speckles that are closer to the center of the flower and red stamen with brown tips
‘Gran Paradiso’ is a very light-loving plant that prefers loose, fertile soil and areas protected from the wind.
Scientific name: Lilium asiatic ‘Gran Paradiso’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 32 to 40 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

Gran Paradiso lilies are so named because they are reminiscent of birds of paradise – with bright, flashy colors and wide-open feathers. The petals of the Gran Paradiso lily spread wide to reveal deep red petals with darker red freckles and a lovely orange throat. Stamen reaches toward the sky with thick, dark red tips.

The bloom itself will measure 4-5 inches across, depending on the size of the plant. If you raise these lilies from a bulb, they can grow to almost four feet and give you up to 10 blooms per flower. They are a lovely type of lily with a unique red color and a sweet open face.

‘Guinea Gold’

Several Golden Flowers With cinnamon-colored Speckles on all Six Petals Each That Curve Outward growing Atop the Lilium Guinea Gold Plant from a single stem in a lush garden with plants and a large tree in the background
‘Guinea Gold’ can hold around 40 flowers at the end of its strong stems.
Scientific Name: Lilium ‘Guinea Gold’
  • Lily Type: Martagon
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 40+
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

The Guinea Gold Lily is the crowing glory in many gardens. Gold petals with cinnamon-colored speckles arch upward to reveal yellow stamens topped with long cinnamon anthers. Anywhere from 30-40 of these bright flowers adorn the top of the strong stem.

The blooms make their debut in mid-summer and last until the end of the season. They are wonderful additions to butterfly or hummingbird gardens as they are beneficial to pollinators. These exotic-looking lilies dislike being disturbed once planted and can last for decades.

‘Hanson’s’

Close up of a singular Yellow Flower with orange speckles of the Lilium hansonii Plant that has six petals that curve outward away from yellow stamen with the rest of the plant, including more flowers and buds, in the blurred background
‘Hanson’s’ Lily prefers moist, well-drained soil rich in humus and partial shade.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Hansonii
  • Lily Type: Martagon
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 3-6
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Hanson’s lily was named for a Danish botanist, Peter Hanson. He loved flowers and especially lilies, and specialized in growing exotic types in his nursery. Hanson’s lily is indeed an exotic lily, with tall stems and brilliant golden flowers.

The yellow-gold petals curl away from the stamen, revealing orange speckles and drooping down towards the ground. Overall, this is a stunning lily and a worthy addition to any garden or nursery.

‘Janka’s’

Large flower With Vivid Yellow Petals of the Lilium jankae Curl Upward and Around to look like a turban with deep purple center and speckles throughout blooming from a single stem and basking in sunlight with another Janka's and trees in the background
‘Janka’s’ Lily produces large flowers that have bright yellow turban-shaped petals.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Jankae’
  • Lily Type: European
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-8
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

Originally found in Bulgaria, Janka’s lily has made a popular appearance amongst boutique gardeners in the United States. It’s a beautiful yellow flower with a purple center. The petals curl back to touch the stem, revealing bright yellow stamen.

This flower blooms in the mountains of Bulgaria and Greece, so it does well in areas with loamy soil and higher altitude. Unfortunately, Janka’s lily doesn’t always survive the winter. If you find a Janka’s lily bulb, you might want to plant it in a pot.

‘Kellogg’s’

Close Up of Pale Pink Lilium kelloggii Flower with Magenta Dots Hanging downward With curled back petals that reveal showy stamen with red tips with blurred green background on a sunny day
‘Kellogg’s’ Lily is a tall flower growing up to 6 feet that produce pale pink flowers with purple dots.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Kelloggii’
  • Lily Type: American
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 20-30
  • Plant Size: 4-6 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 8-10

‘Kellogg’s’ Lily is an American giant – growing up to six feet and naturally found among the California redwoods, it fits right in with its surroundings. This lily can produce up to 27 blooms per stalk and is hardy through mild winters.

This lily is striking in appearance, and not just because it’s tall. The stamen have especially long, red tips, which dominate the flower. The petals curl back to reveal these showy stamen, and are pale pink with magenta dots.

‘King Pete’

Bright Yellow Tropical Lilium ‘King Pete' Flowers With rown speckles on the inner petals Close up With Six Slender Petals on Each Flower That do not overlap but Fan out to reveal long yellow stamen with brown tips with the same flowers blurred in the background
‘King Pete’ is a majestic lily with tropical bright yellow flowers and dark brown spots.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘King Pete’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet tall
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

King Pete lilies are as majestic as the name implies. With huge, bright yellow flower petals that open in a nearly perfect circle, these flowers look more tropical than many lily variations. The petals are wider and have darker brown spots that grow closer together towards the center of the blossom. The center of the bloom is usually darker as well.

King Pete lilies are beautiful but not as hardy as many of their lily cousins. They only grow in zones 4-8, which are some of the milder zones in America. However, you can grow King Pete lilies in pots and greenhouses to keep their tropical color near you all year round.

‘Kochang’

Bright Orange Lilium distichum Flower Close up With six petals with dark brown spots that open up to orange stamen growing on a single stem with a flower bud from the same stem and blurred green foliage in the background, all soaking in sunshine
‘Kochang’ is native to Asia producing bright orange flowers adorned with dark brown dots.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Distichum
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-6
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

This rare but lovely forest lily is native to Eastern Asia. It blooms on the forest floor, surrounded by shady trees and other small plants. The burnt orange flower petals curl away from stamen and are decorated with dark brown speckles.

The Kochang lily is difficult to find and even harder to cultivate. It’s usually only sold by specialty nurseries, but if you fall in love with this unique bloom, you can order it! If you decide to grow Kochang lilies, follow the instructions given to you by the nursery.

‘Lady Alice’

Gorgeous White and Yellow trumpet-shaped Lilium ‘Lady Alice’ Flowers, each with six large petals that start yellow-orange in color with some speckles and end in pure white tips that slightly curve back and away from long pale green stamen with brown tips; more of these stunning flowers are growing in the blurred background in a flower garden, some have not yet bloom and are still in the bud stage
‘Lady Alice’ should be planted in cool and loose soil and watered with cool water in the morning.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Lady Alice’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 10-20
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-10

Lady Alice lilies are lovely to look at, with white edges that fade towards a yellow-orange center. They have light brown specks near the center of the blossom and can grow up to four feet tall. The better they are taken care of, the more blossoms Lady Alice lilies will give you in the long run.

When they’re in a garden, Lacy Alice blossoms are tall and showy, giving them an air of superiority that matches their name. Another benefit of Lady Alice blossoms is that they are perennial in most climates and can live for several years.

‘Lemon’

Opened up single Lemon-Colored, star-shaped Flower of the Lilium parryi Plant with six petals that have a few small spots on the inner part of the petals and yellow stamen that end in brown tips with green foliage of a flower garden in the blurred background
‘Lemon’ needs to be watered regularly and planted in the shade.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Parryi’
  • Lily Type: Day
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-6
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-10

The Lemon Lily is a form of daylily, which are among the easiest to grow and care for. Daylilies thrive in almost any condition and don’t need too much care beyond regular watering and occasional shade.

The Lemon lily is a rare form of daylily, native to Arizona, Nevada, and California. It’s known for its lemon-yellow color, from the petals to the stamen. This bright little flower is sometimes called the custard lily or yellow daylily.

‘Lollipop’

Three Star-shaped White Flowers With Pink Tips, Six Petals , and pale stamen with brown tips of the Lilium “Lollipop” Plant Growing from a single stem in a garden with green foliage and other flowers blurred in the background
‘Lollipop’ is a perennial plant that can winter in open ground, as it can withstand frost down to -22°F.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Lollipop’
  • Lily Type: Dwarf
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-24
  • Plant Size: 10-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

One of the most adorable of dwarf lilies, the Lollipop lily truly lives up to its name. The bunch of flowers on each plant looks like a little group of lollipops, with white insides and bright pink edges. These plants are small and fit well underneath cleared-out trees in the garden.

Lollipop lilies are best planted in autumn but grow well whenever they are planted. As long as they get enough direct sunlight and water every day, these lovely little flowers will thrive for several seasons.

‘Luxor’

Creamy Yellow Flowers of the Lilium “Luxor” Each with six petals with dark golden splashes in the center with brown speckles and pure yellow tips that open up to pale yellow stamen with golden tips growing in a garden of other flowers
The flower of ‘Luxor’ is creamy yellow with a light orange center and brown speckles.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Luxor’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

The Luxor Lily is perfect in gardens that are already exploding with color and need a softer touch around the edges. This flower is tall enough to be an edging plant and provides a long-lasting bloom starting in early summer.

The Luxor Lily has cream-colored petals with darker yellow centers. These centers are speckled with brown, while the cream edges have no spots. It’s a lily with simple, beautiful colors that will fit in any garden.

‘Madonna’

Several Trumpet Shaped Bright White Lilium candidum Flowers Growing from a single, tall stem with six petals opening up to yellow stamen with blurred green background
‘Madonna’ is a fragrant plant that blooms in the hot months of June and July.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Candidum’
  • Lily Type: Easter
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-24
  • Plant Size: 4-6 feet tall
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

‘Madonna’ is so named for its pure white color. It’s often associated with the classic Easter lily and used in churches throughout springtime. Every single stalk produces at least six blooms, creating a cluster of lovely white flowers in the garden.

‘Madonna’ is native to the Middle East and does well in full sun or partial shade. As long as this flower gets enough water and the soil is well-drained, it will provide you with beautiful white blooms all throughout spring.

‘Manipur’

Close Up of the Soft Pink Lilium mackliniae bell-shaped Flower with three outer petals and three inner petals that open up around dark orange stamen with a blurred green background
‘Manipur’ is found in the mountains of India and therefore prefers low oxygen levels and thinner air.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Mackliniae’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-7
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

If you live in high altitudes, you might have had some trouble keeping certain plants alive. However, the Manipur Lily was made for such high altitudes and is only found in the mountains of India. It thrives on lower oxygen and thinner air.

The Manipur’ is rare, but available through some boutique nurseries and bulb sellers. It has gorgeous bell-shaped flowers with white and pink petals. They open gently to reveal dark orange stamen and close during the night.

‘Manitoba Morning’

Several Pink Flowers of the Lilium ‘Manitoba Morning’ Each with dark spots on the six petals that turn outward away from the large stamen and hang facing downward, al growing from a single stem with a blurred green background on a sunny day
‘Manitoba Morning’ grows well in shady corners of the garden and prefers light and loose soil.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Manitoba Morning’
  • Lily Type: Martagon
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 40-50
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-7

You will be surprised by the Manitoba Morning lily if you’re used to upright, sun-facing lilies. Instead of facing toward the sun, these blooms face downward and droop towards the ground. The petals curve away from the stamen back towards the sky, and these flowers can have up to four dozen blooms per plant.

These “freckled” plants are unique in color and appearance. Their blooms are a combination of pink and orange, sometimes fading to purple. However, Manitoba Morning lilies have dark spots on each petal to create a spotted appearance throughout the entire blossom.

‘Matrix’

Deep Red Lilium “Matrix” Flowers Close up, Each with six petals that form the shape of a star, opening up to red stamen and revealing dark speckles on the inner part of the flower with several other orange flowers and green foliage blurred in the background
‘Matrix’ needs to be watered regularly to avoid severe drying of the soil.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Matrix’
  • Lily Type: Dwarf
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-24
  • Plant Size: 16-20 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Matrix lilies are some of the largest dwarf lilies available, growing up to 20 inches tall. They work well in front of taller flowers or as bed fillers (as long as they aren’t overshadowed by larger plants).

Matrix lilies have bright coral, orange, and red petals that open up several at a time. When they are all blooming, you can hardly see the light green foliage beneath the flowers. These lilies are vibrant and add life to a garden or potted plant room.

‘Mona Lisa’

Two Flowers With six Pale Pink Petals With a Dark Red Stripe across the center and white edges and Red Speckles of the Lilium “Mona Lisa” that curve slightly outward to reveal pale green stamen with brown tips growing in an outdoor garden on a sunny day
To avoid your lilies drying out and overheating, the soil should be mulched with humus or peat.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Mona Lisa’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 8-20
  • Plant Size: 16-18 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

A close relative of the Stargazer lily, the Mona Lisa has a simple beauty similar to that of its namesake. With pale pink petals, a dark pink stripe, and even darker maroon speckles, the Mona Lisa lily is truly a study in pink.

It’s not an especially large lily plant, but the Mona Lisa can put on a show in the late summer months. Pair this lily with an equally colorful plant and you’ll have a fragrant, gorgeous flowerbed for several weeks of the year.

‘Monte Negro’

Several deep Red Lilium ‘Monte Negro’ with six vividly colored petals that form a star shape and open to red stamen growing in a flower bed among other flowers and buds
‘Monte Negro’ flowers are dark velvety red with tiny red spots.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Monte Negro’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 7-10
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

One of the darkest lilies available, the Monte Negro is a deep crimson blossom with even darker red spots near the middle of the bloom. The stamen are also red, an unusual color for the stamen. The Monte Negro is named after the city in Spain, and the flowers reflect that luxury and independence.

They work well as border plants because of their vivid color. They bloom in early to mid-summer and can contrast well with the lighter, less robust colors of other lilies and flowers. Monte Negro lilies make a great Valentine’s Day gift because of their deep red color and unique shape.

‘Morning Star’

close up of three Bright Reddish-orange Lilium concolor Flowers with six slender petals that open to a star shape to reveal several red stamen, all growing from a single stem in a garden with blurred green foliage background
‘Morning Star’ produces bright yellow or orange flowers with classic lily-like petals.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Concolor’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 2-6
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

The morning star lily is a bright yellow or orange bloom from eastern Asia. It has two sets of petals, with an outer set and an inner set. While the main petals look like classic lily petals, the inside petals come up like water lilies.

The morning star lily isn’t as common, but behaves well in several different zones. As long as you water it correctly, you’ll be able to grow the morning star lily anywhere that’s not too hot and sunny. Impress your fellow gardeners with this unique, lovely lily.

‘Nanum’

Single Lilium nanum Flower growing in a home garden With six petals that form a star shape that each are pale pink in color with a deep pink throat with a blurred house and garden in the background
These beautiful little mountain lilies grow best at high altitudes.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Nanum
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-3
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: High-altitude

Probably the smallest naturally occurring lily in Asia, the Nanum lily is a lovely little mountain plant. With light purple flower petals and a deep purple center, it opens during the morning and gets sunlight.

You shouldn’t try to grow this plant unless you live in a high-altitude place. It’s primarily a wildflower and doesn’t always do well in captivity, although the Nanum lily can blossom in conjunction with other wildflowers given the proper atmospheric conditions.

Image Credit: “Lilium nanum” by instrumaker via Flickr (Image Use Allowed With Attribution)

‘Orange Pixie’

Numerous Small Orange Flowers of the Lilium “Orange Pixie”, each with six bright orange petals that open up to reveal small dark spots on the inner petal and orange stamen with brown tips, all growing in a garden among buds almost ready to bloom and other foliage
The variety is characterized by low growth, only about 16 inches, as well as beautiful elegant orange flowers.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Orange Pixie’
  • Lily Type: Dwarf
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-24
  • Plant Size: 12-16 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

The Orange Pixie Lily, like many dwarf lilies, is the perfect plant for the center or front of a bed. As long as it gets enough sunlight and water, this lily will thrive and give you bright orange blooms for several seasons in a row.

The Orange Pixie lily was bred for show, and it is a showy flower. Although it’s a dwarf plant, the orange and coral blooms span up to four inches wide and add some vibrant color to a garden. This flower also works well in pots.

‘Panhandle’

Two Sharp Yellow Flowers With Brown Spots toward the innermost part of the petals of the Lilium iridollae where the petals turn outward away from the long yellow stamen with brown tips that are all growing along a central stem with dark green blurred foliage in the background
‘Panhandle’ is a rare type of lily found in Florida and has sharp yellow petals with brown speckles.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Iridollae’
  • Lily Type: American
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 2-4
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 7-9

Named because it was discovered in the panhandle of Florida, this lily is extremely rare. When found, it’s relatively easy to breed. However, coming across a bulb or panhandle lily plant is a remarkable feat, even for the most experienced gardener.

The Panhandle lily has sharp petals that curve away from the stamen. The center of the petals are yellow speckled with brown, but they fade to a lovely shade of bright pink at the ends. If you are in Florida and see this plant in the wild, report it to the local botany society!

‘Papilliferum’

Close Up of Dark Purple Lilium papilliferum Flowers That have deep red throats and red stamens erupting from the six lance-shaped petals that form a star shape around them
‘Papilliferum’ produces incredibly beautiful dark purple flowers.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Papilliferum’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-8
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

The Papilliferum Lily is a unique sight. Although it’s more common in the southern parts of the United States, this flower is rare enough that it’s not often cultivated by casual gardeners. However, the plant is beautiful and adds a unique shape to lily gardens.

This lily has long, lance-shaped petals that curl completely away from the center of the flower. The petals themselves are a deep purple color, but the center of the flower is often bright white. This stunning contrast can be switched in certain breeds, with a purple center and white petals.

‘Pink Perfection’

Several Large Pink Lilium 'Pink Perfection’ Trumpet Shaped Flowers Blooming atop a single stem outdoors with yellow stamen and golden tips
‘Pink Perfection’ produces large and white-pink flowers that emit a delicate aroma.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Pink Perfection’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet Lily
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-20
  • Plant Size: 4-6 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 1-8

Pink Perfection is the perfect name for this gorgeous and hardy lily. Crossbred in the 1950s, this plant was made to be gloriously pink with a lot of fragrance. The gardeners who created it did an excellent job – the entire petal of this lily is bright pink, and it looks and smells like it’s directly from a fairy tale.

One of the side effects of genetic crossbreeding was that the Pink Perfection is extremely hardy to droughts and will survive on very little water. This is an excellent thing for the gardener who can’t always make it out to the garden on time in hotter climates.

‘Prince Henri’

Single White Lilium henrici  Flower With Purple Center, three outer petals are pointed and three inner petals are more rounded, growing in a home garden along a fence with blurred garden flowers in the background
‘Prince Henri’ sports long white petals that come from a deep purple center.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Henrici’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 4-5 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

This lily is exceptionally rare but too beautiful to be left off this list. With white, star-shaped petals that open to a deep purple center, it’s a stunning bloom from eastern Asia. It has such a unique appearance that it wasn’t always classified as a lily – botanists thought that the Prince Henri lily was nomocharis for a while.

The Prince Henri lily has rarely been cultivated, but you might be able to find some bulbs at specialty nurseries in Europe or Asia. If you’re lucky enough to find Prince Henri lilies, take good care of this rare beauty!

‘Pumilum’

Three Dancing Red Flowers of the Lilium pumilum, growing at the end of long, slender stems, each with six red-orange petals turning outward away from the large pale yellow stamen with rust-colored tips among tiny white flowers growing delicately at the ends of long stems
‘Pumilum’ has orange-red flowers and each petal is rounded to create inside-out barrels with a sweet scent.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Pumilum’
  • Lily Type: Pumilum
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 20-30
  • Plant Size: 1-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Plant Zone: 3-7

With small, drooping flowers that curl their petals entirely back, Pumilum is a charming little lily. It is also called the Coral Lily because it’s bright red like many coral reefs. Native to West Asia, this flower blooms in early summer and has brightened gardens all over the world with its unique blossoms.

Lilium pumilum is a miniature version of the Turk’s Cap, a larger scarlet blossom. However, Pumilum is more commonly grown because it’s easier to maintain and can grow in more zones. The common name for Pumilum lilies is the Coral Lily, called that way because it’s the same color as many bright coral reefs.

‘Regale’

Three Huge bell-shaped Flowers With  Six pointed petals that are pure white except for the Yellow Centers that expose the large pale yellow stamen with golden tips of the Lilium regale Plant growing from a single stem in an outdoor garden
The flowers of this species are gigantic, white, with a yellow center, like huge bells looking down.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Regale’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant:5-6
  • Plant Size: 4-6 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade or full sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

A tall and towering plant, this lily has surprisingly delicate flowers for the strong lily scent it emits. Gardeners love this lily because of its intense aroma and long stalks. It works very well as a border plant in a wildflower garden, especially with several bulbs planted at once.

The Regale Lily has white blossoms with pink or purple undersides. The buds are also purple, so it’s a welcome surprise when the flower blooms white. It looks similar to a classic Easter Lily but is smaller, and the trumpet section of the lily opens further. With long green stalks and delicate white flowers on top, this lily is strikingly beautiful.

‘Rosthorn’

close up of a single Orange and Green Lilium rosthornii Flower with six petals that have a unique, feathered texture at the orange edges that curl away from the green center and long stamens against a blurred background of the rest of the plant and blue sky
The rare Rosthorn Lily has large, vivid orange petals that curve into a backbend.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Rosthornii’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

The Rosthorn lily is a boutique plant that was genetically modified by several generations of gardeners. It has long, thin petals that curl away from the center of the plant. The petals are bright orange and sport tiny extra growths that look like feathers along their edges.

The feathered look of these petals makes it an interesting addition to any garden, potted plant collection, or lily bed. However, the Rosthorn lily is difficult to find, so good luck looking for a bulb for this lovely plant!

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‘Silk Road’

Several Lilium ‘Friso’ Flowers Close up, each With six petals that have deep red-Pink Centers and White Edges that slightly curl outward to show golden stamen with brown tips in a garden during darkening evening hours
‘Silk Road’ is a perennial plant with a powerful stem, the top of which is decorated with large flower heads.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Friso’
  • Lily Type: Orienpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 3-4
  • Plant Size: 4-6 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-9

Some of the tallest, most striking lilies available, the Silk Road or Friso Lilies, are stunning. Growing up to six feet tall in the proper conditions, these lilies tower like sunflowers above visitors’ heads. They self-seed and will bloom twice per season, giving you over a month with these beauties.

However, their height isn’t the only striking thing about them: Silk Road lilies are beautiful, with deep red centers fading out to white tips. The flowers sit at the top of long stalks (remember 4-6 feet tall) covered in green leaves. They go well in any garden or wildlife path and work well as cut flowers also.

‘Souvenir’

Two purple-Pink Lilium ‘Souvenir’ Flowers Close up to show three exterior petals and three inner petals that are more elongated with pale purple to white throats and reveal short pale stamen with cinnamon-colored tips among dark green foliage and a black background
‘Souvenir’ flowers are pale pink in color with a white center and are medium in size.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Souvenir’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-10
  • Plant Size: 18-20 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade or full sun
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

While Souvenir lilies are tall plants, they are actually dwarf lilies. The flowers themselves are tiny and sit at the top of long stems with several leaves. These lilies are great indoor options (as long as they get enough sun during the day) because they fit in plants well and are able to adapt to many different temperatures.

While the stems are long, the flowers cover the entire top of the plant. They are light purple and bowl-shaped, like many other oriental lilies. The color fades towards the center of the small flowers to a very pale purple. Souvenir lilies can also self-seed and replant themselves if pruned properly.

‘Specioso’

Single Pink Speckled Lilium speciosum Flower Close up to show white throat emerging from six pink petals that are spotted in deep purple and curl outward to reveal white stamen with other flowers of the same species and greenery blurred in the background
In the wild, ‘Specioso’ grows on mountain slopes, right in the grass and between low bushes.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Speciosum’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-24
  • Plant Size: 4-5
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-7

The Lilium speciosum is a highly sought-after bulb. More commonly, gardeners use the rubrum variation, which is hardier and produces more flowers. Usually bright pink with dark purple spots, this flower provides a lovely color to any garden.

However, it’s not the size, profuse amount of blossoms or color that causes this bulb to be so popular. The lilium speciosum var. Rubrum has one of the most fragrant perfumes of any perennial flower. Bees, butterflies, and humans flock to it!

‘Stargazer’

Close Up of a Lilium “Stargazer” flower with six bright purpley-pink petals that have bumpy, maroon texture and white edges with long white stamen with brown tips protruding from the flower
‘Stargazer’ blooms in August with huge pink flowers that have a strong, pleasant aroma.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Stargazer’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-9

These lilies are some of the most beautiful (and popular) blooms available. They are easy to grow and in high demand, so you’ll see them in bouquets and at nurseries around the country. Stargazer lilies have been a reliable garden flower since the late 1970s.

Stargazer lilies have mauve petals with lighter edges. The color deepens to a purply-pink at the center of the flower and is speckled with maroon throughout. These flowers are showy and bloom in groups of six or seven at a time, adding huge splashes of color.

‘Starlight Express’

Close Up of a Lilium 'Starlight Express' flower with six bright pink petals that have deep red speckles and white ruffles edges with long pale green stamen with red tips protruding from the flower with the plant's foliage and flower buds surrounding it
‘Starlight Express’ reaches a maximum of about 16 in and grows well both in the garden and in pots indoors.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Starlight Express’
  • Lily Type: Oriental
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 10-15
  • Plant Size: 14-16 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 1-8

The Starlight Express Lily is famous for its tall size and huge flowers. These fuschia or dark pink flowers have ruffled edges and rise above the greenery to create a beautiful carpeted effect in a garden. Because each plant can have so many bulbs flowering at once, it’s a hugely popular lily for landscaping and decorating.

The Starlight Express has a deep pink color with ruffled white edges and darker pink “freckles” in the middle of the petals. These lilies open wide to the sun and thrive in greenhouses or outside. Many gardeners choose Starlight Express lilies as borders because they can grow to over a foot tall.

‘Sulfur’

Several Huge trumpet-shaped Flowers With Six pointed petals that are pure white except for the pale Yellow Centers that glow to expose the large pale yellow stamen with brown tips of the Lilium sulphureum Flowers growing from a single stem in an outdoor home garden
‘Sulfur’ is a tubular lily native to Japan and has pale yellow flowers
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Sulphureum’
  • Lily Type: Trumpet
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 6-10

The Sulfur lily is a wild trumpet lily native to Japan. Because it grows easily, it has been adapted to gardens all over the world and is sold widely. It’s known as the sulfur lily because of its pale yellow color that seems to glow from within.

Like many trumpet lilies, the Sulfur lily has extremely long petals that form a trumpet-like cone around the plant’s stamen. It can survive harsh winters but lives longer if it’s winterized or lives in a warmer climate.

‘Tango’

several pale mauve Lilium “Tango” Flowers with deep Purple to brown splotches in the center of each petal growing among green foliage and a large orange flower in the background
Plant ‘Tango’ bulbs in well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Tango’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 3-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

A tango lily is a certain subtype of lily design. Tango lilies can come in several different colors, but they each have a star-shaped design in the middle of their petals. When a tango lily opens, you’ll see that the middle of the flower is a different color than the outside of the petals.

Common tango lily colors include red and orange, yellow and purple, white and pink, and yellow and brown. However, there are some more striking tango colors, such as black with yellow tips.

‘Tiger’

Several Bright Orange Flowers of the Lilium Lancifolium Plant Growing From a Single Stem with six petals curving outward and away from the pale orange and brown stamen with dark purple speckles throughout and facing downward with green blurred background
Tiger lilies do not require regular fertilization, but during the period of active growth and flowering, they need to be fertilized every three weeks.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘lancifolium
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 30-40
  • Plant Size: 3-5 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

The Tiger Lily is possibly the most popular Asiatic lily available. Famous for its curling petals, orange color, and dark spots, this lily is especially stunning when used as a border or in the corners of gardens.

The Tiger Lily blooms in mid to late summer. It’s also popular because of its blooming pattern – each stem can bear up to ten flowers, which means you’ll have a large splash of orange wherever you plant these lilies. They are easy to care for and invitingly familiar for gardeners and visitors alike.

‘Tiny Bee’

Close up of Bright Yellow Flower With Tiny Brown Spots toward the innermost part of the petals of the Lilium 'Tiny Bee' where the petals open away from the yellow stamen with brown tips that are all growing among a lush garden of yellow flowers
‘Tiny Bee’ is a dwarf lily with tiny yellow flowers flecked with dark brown or black.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Tiny Bee’
  • Lily Type: Dwarf
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 12-20
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 2-9

This lily is just as adorable as its name, with several tiny yellow flowers sprouting from a dwarf lily plant. The bright yellow of the petals is offset by dark brown or black speckles and centers, which is where the plant gets its name.

Like other dwarf lilies, the tiny bee lily works well in a pot or in a garden. However, if you plant it outside make sure it’s not overtaken by taller lilies or more aggressive flowers! This lily will bloom before the rest of your lilies.

‘Tiny Hope’

Several Scarlet Lilium ‘Tiny Hope’ with six vividly colored petals that form a star shape and open to red stamen facing upward growing in a garden with several flower buds ready to blossom
Bright scarlet red flowers adorn the tops of the short ‘Tiny Hope.’
Scientific Name: Lilium ‘Tiny Hope’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic Dwarf
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-2
  • Plant Size: 14-16 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Plant Zone: 3-9

The Tiny Hope lily blooms earlier than most other lilies. It is commonly used in cut flower gardens as they perform beautifully in a vase. Gardeners plant these showy flowers in containers or perennial beds to appreciate their long bloom season.

The best conditions for Tiny Hope lilies are semi-moist, well-draining soil, and full sun. They are frequently planted in clumps to get the best visual effect. The large, up-facing flowers bloom in a vibrant scarlet red color.

‘Tiny Double You’

close up of Bright Orange Lilium ‘Tiny Double you’ Flower Close Up With double fluffy petals that hug around the red-tipped stamen taking in bright sunshine
‘Tiny Double You’ is characterized by increased winter hardiness. They are hardy and unpretentious.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Tiny Double You’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 6-12
  • Plant Size: 12-14 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 3-8

Named for its signature double petal structure, the Tiny Double You lily was developed in Europe for potted planting. It does well inside and outside the house and adds a petite, yet unique look to any lily garden.

The bright orange lily petals cup around another set of flower petals for this unique dwarf lily. Known as the “double Dutch” genetic strand, it looks less like a lily but is still a member of the lily family.

‘Tiny Todd’

Single Lilium tigrinum Flower close up With white petals with soft pink edges and pink stamen with green tips with water droplets after a fresh rain growing among long green leaves
‘Tiny Todd’ grows in East Asia and is used in Europe and America as an ornamental plant.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Tiny Todd’
  • Lily Type: Asiatic
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 7-10
  • Plant Size: 18-24 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade or full sun
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

Despite its name, the Tiny Todd lily actually has large and open flowers for its size, which can bloom nearly ten at a time on a single plant. The plants themselves are dwarves and can grow in a pot. While it looks like a delicate lily, Tiny Todd is a warrior, able to self-seed and come back every year if planted in the proper zone.

The flowers on a Tiny Todd plant are very light pink with a white center. They bloom open during the day and have a slight fragrance. These flowers thrive in partial shade or full sunlight but will do well as long as they get adequate sun and water throughout the course of the day.

‘Turk’s Cap’

Single Bright Orange Flower of the Lilium superbum Plant Growing From a Single Stem with six petals curving outward and away from the yellow and black stamen with dark speckels throughout and facing downward with dark green blurred background
‘Turk’s Cap’ has expressive large flowers and bright juicy greenery.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Superbum’
  • Lily Type: Martagon
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 20-40
  • Plant Size: 4-8 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

The Turk’s Cap lily is one of the largest and most magnificent of the indigenous American lilies. Growing up to eight feet tall, this beautiful plant can produce upwards of forty flowers a season.

With red and orange flowers dotted with deep purple, Turk’s Cap petals curl backward away from the stamen. These lilies are similar to Tiger Lilies and are often called the American Tiger Lily. However, they definitely have their own personality in the garden!

‘Western’

Several Hanging Red and Yellow Lilium occidentale Flowers that each have solid red tips and six yellow petals that have dark spots and long pale green stamen that are tipped in brown, growing from central stems and facing toward the ground, growing in a lush green outdoor space
The Western Lily flower has six petals that bend upward and sometimes form a ring.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Occidentale
  • Lily Type: American
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-3
  • Plant Size: 3-5 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-8

The Western Lily is a relatively recent discovery, found alongside the marshes and grasslands of the western United States. Growing up to five feet tall, this lily looks down on passersby with bright red petals that open to a yellow speckled flower.

The Western Lily is rare but easy to grow if you have the correct atmosphere. It doesn’t do well out of its zones and needs lots of water, but you can add the Western Lily to an extensive backyard with access to a pond or stream.

‘White American’

Several Trumpet Shaped Bright White Lilium longiflorum ‘White American’ Flowers Growing from a single, tall stem with six petals opening up to yellow stamen with blurred greenery and blue sky background
‘White American’ has large flowers that look like beautiful bells with a light pleasant aroma.
Scientific name: Lilium longiflorum ‘White American’
  • Lily Type: Easter
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 4-9
  • Plant Size: 32-40 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 5-8

Of course, we have the White American Lily. As you might have guessed, it’s a white, long-petaled lily, like every Easter lily you’ve ever seen. However, unlike its parent plant, “Easter Lily,” it is hardy.

The White American Lily has a long and thin stem, and you can recognize it by its trumpet-shaped blooms and rich yellow anthers. It is commonly seen in churches around springtime, as Easter lilies have a Biblical meaning and a rich tradition that resonates in their beautiful and pure flowers.

‘Wood’

Bright Orange Lilium philadelphicum flower Close Up With six petals that have darker tips and sport small dark spots in the yellow innermost part of the flower that form a star shape around stamen and do not overlap basking in sunshine with lush green foliage in the blurred background
The Wood Lily is a perennial herbaceous plant, reaching about 3 feet in height.
Scientific name: Lilium ‘Philadelphicum’
  • Lily Type: American
  • Number of Blooms per Plant: 1-5
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Zone: 4-7

The Wood Lily is an American original with several variants around the country. Because of this, it’s essential that gardeners and breeders get wood lily bulbs as close to home as possible. You want to prevent unwanted migration of flowers to protect all the varieties.

This hardy little flower grows in the woods and forests of the midwest and has bright orange petals with dark purple spots. The undersides of the petals are paler orange and the darker colors predominate at the edge of the flower

Final Thoughts

Whether you love the Tiny Todd lily or the African Queen, at least one of these types of lilies is sure to grow in your garden. If you’re not a gardener, you can order lilies online and enjoy the cut flowers any time of the year. Lilies are some of the most beautiful flowers in creation, no matter what type of lily you buy.

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