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Giant lily

Cardiocrinum spp.

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

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Giant lily Overview

Genus of 3 bulbous, perennial species which produce showy, trumpet-shaped, lily-like flowers. This genus is native to Japan, China and the Himalayas and named after their heart-shaped foliage. It generally takes over 4 years to produce flowers from seed and after flowering they die, therefore this genus is termed monocarpic. Shady, moist woodland is the best environment for these plants and one species, Cardiocrinum giganteum can grow to 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

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Giant lily

Grown for their spectacular flowers.


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