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LILIUM 'Black Beauty'

Image of Lilium 'Black Beauty'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

LILIUM 'Black Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Black Beauty Lily, Hybrid Lily

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The first lily entered into the North American Lily Society's Hall of Fame, 'Black Beauty' is a hybrid of Lilium henryi and Lilium speciosum. Though not quite black, its deep maroon petals are narrowly edged white and recurved like a Turk's cap lily revealing a small light green center. These fragrant summer bloomers are exceptionally hardy and very vigorous growers.

Sun or part sun is preferred along with a rich, evenly moist soil. 'Black Beauty' is a reliable choice for the mixed border or cutting garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Burgundy

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow Green, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes