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Giant Lily

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Also known as

Giant Himalyan Lily

Cardiocrinum giganteum, RBGE 2010, 2 by Lokal_Profil (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Giant Lily Overview

Cardiocrinum giganteum is a bulbous, perennial species which produces showy, scented, trumpet-shaped, lily-like, white flowers with purple-red throats. Also known as giant Himalayan lily, this plant generally takes over 4 years to produce flowers from seed and after flowering they die, therefore this species is termed monocarpic. Shady, moist woodland is the best environment for this plant and in optimal conditions, Cardiocrinum giganteum can reach an impressive height of 3.5m.

Common problems with Giant Lily

How to propagate Giant Lily


Offsets in autumn (to produce flowers in up to 5 years); may also be propagated by seed in autumn or winter and will then flower in 7 years.

Special features of Giant Lily

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Giant Lily

Grown for their spectacular flowers.