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Most Fragrant Lilies

For those wishing fragrance in their yard or home, we suggest the following group of lilies. As with all flowers, the fragrance oils are strongest when the blooms have been open 24 hours, so don't cut too many at first, or you may be overwhelmed.

First to consider are Oriental Hybrids with a spicy scent reminiscent of honeysuckle or carnation. For the heaviest sweet perfume, try a bouquet of Trumpets. The newer Oriental-Trumpet Hybrids (OT or Orienpet) are a bit light in intensity, but the pleasant aroma is very similar to forced Easter lilies in the shops around April. Speciosum have the lightest fragrance of the species, a bit like the fleeting scent of Trillium on a still day. For a stronger "wild" fragrance, try Lilium regale or Lilium pumilum.

Like all bulbs, do not cut more than 1/3 of the leaves when picking for vases. Lilies need leaves to rebuild the bulb for the next year's flowers. Picking individual blooms will not in any way harm the bulb, and one Oriental bloom can perfume a whole room.


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Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base