Herb latin name: Lilium speciosum

Synonyms: Lilium lancifolium

Family: Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Medicinal use of Lilium speciosum:

The bulb is used medicinally. No further information is given.

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

August to


Habitat of the herb:

Shaded and moist places in forests, grassy slopes at elevations of 600 - 900 metres.

Edible parts of Lilium speciosum:

Bulb - cooked. The bulb is about 5cm in diameter. Rich in starch, it can be used as a vegetable in similar ways to potatoes (Solanum tuberosum).

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - delayed hypogeal germination. Best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in spring. Stored seed will require a warm/cold/warm cycle of stratification, each period being about 2 months long. Grow on in cool shady conditions. Great care should be taken in pricking out the young seedlings, many people leave them in the seed pot until they die down at the end of their second years growth. This necessitates sowing the seed thinly and using a reasonably fertile sowing medium. The plants will also require regular feeding when in growth. Divide the young bulbs when they are dormant, putting 2 - 3 in each pot, and grow them on for at least another year before planting them out into their permanent positions when the plants are dormant. Division with care in the autumn once the leaves have died down. Replant immediately. Bulb scales can be removed from the bulbs in early autumn. If they are kept in a warm dark place in a bag of moist peat, they will produce bulblets. These bulblets can be potted up and grown on in the greenhouse until they are large enough to plant out.

Cultivation of Lilium speciosum:

Shaded and moist places in forests, grassy slopes at elevations of 600 - 900 metres.

Known hazards of Lilium speciosum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.