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Hotel California Oriental-Asiatic Hybrid

Hotel California Oriental-Asiatic Hybrid

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Hotel California is a new fragrant hybrid of an Asiatic and Oriental Lily. It has the flower shape of an Oriental Lily, with the color of an Asiatic Lily. Large 7-inch orange-yellow blooms with striking red flames and spots in the center, and an elegantly reflexed flower shape. A complex combination of Asiatic and Oriental hybrids make this hybrid variety a spectacular display in the garden. Slightly fragrant, rare in an Asiatic hybrid. 16-18 cm size bulbs.
Botanical name: Lilium AOA hybrid 'Hotel California' 
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3-8 
Flower Color: Orange with red center
Foliage Type: Linear, green leaves arranged in whorls or spirals up the stems
Bloom time: July-August
Height: 3 ft 
Spread: 12 inches
Light requirements: Full to half sun
Plant depth: 6 inches of soil over top of bulb 

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Tips and Growing Instructions

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AOA hybrids have some of the most exotic looking flowers around. AOA hybrid lilies are an Asiatic crossed with an Oriental, and then backcrossed with another Asiatic, hence AOA. Originally they were created for cutting, but the sideways facing flowers and wide pedicels made them unsuitable, but for many gardeners these characteristics are desirable. AOA lilies have the fragrance and flower shape of Orientals, with the color of Asiatics, making them a perfect addition to the garden. Spring planting of this group allows them to settle in and are more apt to make it through the winter with little care. Planting AOA hybrid lily bulbs is very similar to planting most lily varieties.

Lilies are incredibly easy to grow and few garden pests trouble them. The most natural location for lilies is on sloping ground with excellent drainage. Lilies prefer to have their blooms in the sun and their roots in the shade. Try planting them among annuals or perennials that will keep their roots cool.

The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. This means that some of our larger Bulb-Zilla lily bulbs will need to be planted 6-8 inches deeps. Plant with the roots downward and the scales upward. After planting, water well two or three times. Lilies are most effective when planted in groups of three or more. Space them about a foot apart – they will spread and fill this space in no time!

Always allow the leaves on the stalk to turn yellow and fall off as part of the lily’s natural growth process. This ensures that the bulbous underground part of the plant has gotten enough nourishment and will mean greater growth next year. Each year watch their beauty increase as they multiply!


Sorry, we do not ship outside the U.S. or to Hawaii due to agricultural restrictions.

We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs in mid-February through Spring. Despite what you may have heard, Spring planting of bulbs is not a bad thing, and in fact, there are many advantages to planting in Spring. Visit our Spring Planting page to learn more. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

If you have any questions or concerns our customer service team would be glad to help you at any time. Please use our contact form or email us at support@lilypadbulbs.com.