Deriving from central and eastern Asia, Asiatic lily is the most popular, most reliable and easiest to grow of the lily cultivars. The medium-sized flower grows from a perennial bulb, white with a pinkish tint (the bulb color does not determine the flower color), containing fleshy scales with no protective covering. Asiatic lilies are the easiest and most tolerant of the lily cultivars. They are available in the broadest range of colours and are distinguished by their lack of fragrance. They are the first of the lilies to bloom. No staking is required.
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To ensure success in the garden, plant the bulbs as soon as you get them to prevent them from drying out. Plant them in 3-4 inches of loose soil in a well-drained area of the garden that receives full sun. Because the bulbs need moisture year-round, never let the root area dry out completely. Deadhead the flowers after bloom and mulch before the winter to help keep the plant moist. Don’t disturb the stems though; allow them to die out naturally. Divide the bulbs every 3-4 years.
In Several areas in Asia, they are commonly eaten edible as a root vegetable.
Most commonly used in North America in flower gardens.