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Tiger Lily Species Lily
Tiger Lily Species Lily
Tiger Lily Species Lily

Tiger Lily Species Lily

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Lilium Tigrinum (lancifolium) is an heirloom favorite, quite properly known as the "Tiger Lily" of "Grandma's garden" fame. It has large unscented pendant orange flowers with black spots and recurved tips. It is a notoriously vigorous grower and naturalizes easily, producing a big crop of stem "bulblets" every year and aerial bulbils (resembling black beads thickly arranged along the stem).

Once they develop rootlets, these bulbils can be easily raised to blooming size, in fact will plant themselves if allowed to drop to the ground. If you seek a rapidly-propagating lily, this one's FOR YOU! In the Orient this species is raised for its edible bulbs (delicious in veggie stir-fry dishes. Very enduring and virus-resistant. We barely keep up with the revival of demand for this hard-to-get species. 16-18 cm bulb size. Choose between 1 bulb or a 3-pack.

Botanical name: Lilium lancifolium 'Splendens' 
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Flower Color: Orange/black spots
Foliage Type: Linear, green leaves arranged in whorls or spirals up the stems
Bloom time: July-August
Height: 3-4 ft 
Spread: 12 inches
Light requirements: Full or partial 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.

Species lilies, also known as Tiger Lilies, are wild lilies, native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Delicate and full of charm, there are 80 - 100 accredited Species. Most species lilies do not require specialized care and will naturalize themselves very well. They are very adaptable to most soil conditions and environmental conditions, and they do quite well in warm, moist climates with fertile soil. Tiger Lily bulbs for the most part are smaller than hybrid varieties, but will produce good quality stems and a lot of blooms. Their delicate, beautiful flowers are quite showy and most will bloom for long periods compared to other lilies.

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, email us at, or call us at 541-671-3196.

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Celeste K.
United States United States
Beautiful blooms!

They came up quickly after planting. Produced nice, healthy stalks and beautiful blooms. I would definitely buy again.

Amanda M.
United States United States
Beautiful bulbs!

My bulbs arrived promptly and in healthy condition. All of them are sprouting in sunny central California. Now, to sit back and watch the show!