Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
Unusual Double-Flowered Tiger Lily
by Charlie Nardozzi
Tiger lilies (Lilium lancifolium) are easy-to-grow, 4- to 6-foot-tall, hardy bulbs that typically produce downward-facing flowers in midsummer. While most have single flowers, an old, unusual heirloom with double flowers is available again and gaining popularity.
Lilium Flore Pleno is a striking, double-flowered tiger lily. The orange flowers are flaked with dark chocolate speckles similar to other tiger lilies, but Flore Pleno features an additional layer of petals. Also, it doesnt produce stamens so theres no messy pollen to rub off when putting together indoor bouquets. The flowers open from midsummer until frost, and the tall, stately plants are beautiful in the back of a perennial border or against a house.
Tiger lilies are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9. They grow best in full to part sun on slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Tiger lilies dont require as long a chilling period in winter as other lilium species, so they're a good choice for southern gardeners.
For more information on this heirloom tiger lily, go to: Wayside Gardens.