Worms and Flowers

Formosa Lily and Poor Woman’s Time-Lapse

Posted in Lillies by Lzyjo on August 20, 2009

The Formosa lily is a 6-8 foot tall species lily, originally discovered in Taiwan, fka, Formosa, growing near the island’s highest peak.

Yushan Peak Photo: From Wikipedia User 'Kailing3' Creative Commons License Attribution

This Tainwanese native is hardy to Zone 5- Zone 10., but requires refrigeration in Zone 9 and 10 to simulate winter. It is also known as August Lily after its typical flowering time. In northern climates the Formosa Lily may flower as late as October.

It’s a little difficult to see in the photos, but there is a faint blush of reddish purple on the back of the petals (or are they sepals?) The flowers have a slight sweet fragrance, nothing to write home about even with nostrils flared inches away from the source. The overall look of the white outward facing flowers is very similar to Easter lilies.


These photos were taken at 24 and 48 hour intervals approximately. ; )

It took about one month and one week from first bud sighting to blooms opening.


This lily, more so than other species lilies, is easy to grow from seed. I started this one last spring (’08) and now approximately 18-months later it has flowered for the first time at about waist height. I bought the seeds for a few species lilies for $2.00 per pack of ten seeds from BuggyCrazy. She doesn’t have Formosa Lily seeds in stock right now, but I can attest that everything I bought was fresh and germinated quickly.

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  1. tina said, on August 20, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    That first photo is awesome. I don’t know this lily but I think you did great starting it from seed. It is really quite spectacular.

    I’m so proud of my baby!! Thank god for Wikipedia and Creative Commons!

  2. Faith said, on August 20, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Wow, that is really beautiful! Does it have a fragrance?


    Thank you, Faith. I love white lilies. There is a very, very mild sweetness, only detectable up close.

  3. jgh said, on August 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    I’ll have to look for this one – unique and so pretty! Don’t you love it when something you’ve sowed and have been nurturing for months finally blooms? I feel that way about my milkweed this year.

    It’s so rewarding to grow pretty flowers from seed! I can’t imagine how impressive this one will be at 6 feet tall! Thanks for stopping by Jen

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