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Paradisea liliastrum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Paradisea
Mazzuc., nom. cons.
  • Liliastrum Fabr.
  • Allobrogia Tratt.
  • Czackia Andrz.
  • Pleisolirion Raf.
  • Hyperogyne Salisb.

Paradisea (paradise lily) is a European genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae.[2] It was formerly classified in the family Anthericaceae or earlier in the Liliaceae. Paradisea is sometimes confused with Anthericum.[3]

Paradisea contains two species of herbaceous perennials:-[4]

  • Paradisea liliastrum (St. Bruno's lily) is a graceful alpine meadow plant[3] from the mountains of southern Europe,[5] with grasslike leaves. Pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers, 3–6 cm (1–2 in) long, with prominent yellow anthers, are borne in late spring.[4] It can be propagated by division of the roots in autumn, or from seed. In good soil it grows to 90 cm (35 in) high, and is used as an ornamental in herbaceous borders. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]
  • Paradisea lusitanica from Portugal and Spain, is taller than P. liliastrum, growing to 80–120 cm (31–47 in) tall by 30–40 cm (12–16 in) wide; but with shorter flowers 2 cm long.[4]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ "The Plant List, Version 1". 2010. 
  3. ^ a b PBSWiki - Paradisea.
  4. ^ a b c RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  5. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Paradisia, St Bruno's Lily, Paradisea liliastrum (L.) Bertol., Fl. Ital. 4: 133. 1840
  6. ^ Paradisea liliastrum. Royal Horticultural Society.