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Cobra Lily

Lilium 'Cobra'

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Cobra Lily (Lilium 'Cobra') at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Lilium 'Cobra' flowers

Lilium 'Cobra' flowers

(Photo courtesy of V. Trattar)

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Group/Class:  Oriental

Description:

Lovely fragrant flowers are the richest brilliant red turning buttery yellow toward the tips and framed with white edges; an extraordinary variety that is an excellent choice for border or massed planting; visually stunning and long lasting blooms

Ornamental Features

Cobra Lily features bold fragrant nodding red trumpet-shaped flowers with gold throats and buttery yellow tips at the ends of the stems in mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cobra Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Cobra Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cobra Lily will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
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