Lilium formosanum Giant Form

Giant Formosa Lily

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Item #: 1356

Zones: 6a to 10a, at least

Dormancy: Winter, Fall

Height: 84" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Taiwan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Virtually every year, this giant lowland form of the Taiwanese Lilium formosanum is one of our top-selling plants. Just imagine a lily that enjoys heat, flowers the first year from seed, and eventually reaches more than 7' tall with a dozen or more 10" long, sweetly fragrant, pure white flowers in early August. After the flowers fade, the old seed stalks turn upward, making a classy candelabra that dries atop the stalk for a great winter ornament in the garden or for use in dried arrangements. We can't say enough good things about the easy-to-grow Lilium formosanum!


An extremely low maintenance plant. Cut the spent flower stalk to the ground after frost whenever one wants to, or it has become unsightly. Though hopefully you have left it for winter interest all winter long. Its beauty is equal to that of the flowers, though quite a different display. Clumps can be dug and divided after quite a few years of natural bulb division if they have gotten too crowded.

Growing Conditions:

Sun, average moisture, average drainage.


The specific epithet "formosanum" means beautiful but can also refer to a species' origin in Taiwan, which was previously named Formosa for its beauty.

Natural Impact:

Impactful might as well be this Lily's name. Large white "Easter Lily" like blooms on the top of 7' tall stalks in the worst of hot dry August are nothing if not impactful. Oh, and they are also fragrant and despite their height are quite reliable at standing up on their own.