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Rio Negro Oriental Lily
Rio Negro Oriental Lily

Rio Negro Oriental Lily

The Lily Pad
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Rio Negro is a fabulous performer among the recently-introduced Oriental lilies. Customers who see the photograph at our shows always ask "Does it really look like that?". Yes, it absolutely DOES. The amazing feature is the rich dark burgundy color, shading to nearly black in the heart, truly gorgeous to see and among our most popular lilies. If you are attracted to the dark rich appearance of "Sumatra", you will also love "Rio Negro", a sister clone. Many cut flower growers are starting to favor Rio Negro because, while comparable in appearance to Sumatra, it has a higher bud count, sturdier stems, more reflexed petal tips, and more erectly-held blossoms. Large flowered, deep purple-red, a touch of white around ruffled borders, and deliciously scented. Elegantly curled back petal tips, reminiscent of the more traditional Oriental Lily form. 18-20 cm bulb size. Choose between 1 bulb or a 3-pack
Botanical name: Lilium orientalis 'Rio Negro' 
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 5-9 
Flower Color: Burgundy red 
Foliage Type: Linear, green leaves arranged in whorls or spirals up the stems
Bloom time: August
Height: 4 ft 
Spread: 18 inches
Light requirements: Full to half sun
Plant depth: 6 inches of soil over top of bulb 

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Tips and Growing Instructions

Visit our How-To Cultivation Library for more growing tips.

Many growers plant lily bulbs in the Fall. However, Spring is a great time for planting lilies. Lily “bulbs” are actually tubers composed of fleshy scales and lack a protective covering. Unlike true bulb flowers, they never go completely dormant and should be handled carefully since they loose moisture very quickly. Essentially, you can plant your new lilies anytime after the ground freezes in Spring.

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.

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joseph n.
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All of the lily bulbs

All of the lily bulbs I ordered were large plump and healthy looking. The new owners are doing a wonderful job !!! Will order again