Lilies That Thrive in the Heat


Lilies are difficult to grow on the Gulf Coast with the heavy clay soil, heat, humidity, and soaking rains.  But, Philippine Lilies (Lilium formosanum) love these conditions and bloom in July and August.  The plants set seeds that easily germinate to produce many more lilies, which makes them perfect for the Automatic Garden.


The blooms give off their perfumed scents at night and attract the hummingbird moth, often mistaken for “baby” hummingbirds because of the moths’ ability to hoover while they gather nectar.  Philippine Lilies grow about 4 to 5 feet tall and make a stunning back drop for other summer bloomers.


4 Comments on “Lilies That Thrive in the Heat”

  1. Oooh, it must be cool seeing those moths at night around the flowers!

  2. Holleygarden says:

    These are gorgeous! I have never tried these lilies – but they are now going on my wish list! Thanks!

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