DESCRIPTION: This lovely variety produces fragrant blooms that are soft pink and white with dark red spots; this variety is a good choice to create focal interest in areas around shrubbery...
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DESCRIPTION: This lovely variety produces fragrant blooms that are soft pink and white with dark red spots; this variety is a good choice to create focal interest in areas around shrubbery or border plantings

BOTANICAL NAME: Lilium orientalis 'Mona Lisa'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 60 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 40 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Pastel pink with crimson freckles
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Border, Cut Flower, Fragrant

Ornamental Features

Mona Lisa Lily features bold fragrant pink trumpet-shaped flowers with white overtones and dark red spots at the ends of the stems in mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy narrow leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Mona Lisa Lily is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Insects
  • Disease

Mona Lisa Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Mona Lisa Lily will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Mona Lisa Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

 

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