Lilium 'Stargazer'

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Lilium 'Stargazer' (the Stargazer lily) is a hybrid lily of the Oriental group. Oriental lilies are known for their fragrant perfume, blooming mid-to-late summer. Stargazers are easy to grow and do best in full sunlight.[1] They have a fast growth rate and should be planted in full sun in well drained loamy or sandy soil. When mature, Stargazers can grow to a height of 36 inches with a spread of 12 to 16 inches with 4 to 5 flowers per stem.[2]

Stargazer lily

The Stargazer lily was created in 1974 by Leslie Woodriff, a lily breeder in California. Woodriff called the new cross 'Stargazer', because the blooms faced towards the sky.[3]

The ASPCA reports this plant as being toxic to cats. They are said to cause vomiting, inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure, and even death. Cats are the only species known to be affected.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stargazer Lily". The Wisconsin Master Gardener Program. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Stargazer". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^ Stargazer Lily (Lilium Oriental Stargazer)
  4. ^ "Animal Poison Control Center: Toxic Plant List". ASPCA. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-28.