Lilium 'Olympic Star'
Sunset zones: All.
USDA zones: 3-8.
Height: 40 - 48 inches (100 -120 cm).
Large, upward facing, fragrant, pink flower with red bars down the center of each petal, red spots and light pink margins.
Humus rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil.
In spring, when lilies are at the spear stage of growth (like asparagus), fertilize with a complete organic fertilizer. Do not feed again for the rest of the year; excessive fertilizing can promote disease and soft growth.
As soon as the foliage dies back, dig bulbs and remove scales, bulbils and offsets from bulb; immediately replant.
Remove dried stems only after foliage dies back.
Rainy Side Notes
This dynamic, bright-hued bulb is a star in the lily garden. Like other Oriental lilies, its impressive, upward facing flowers are intensely fragrant, a delight to experience in the summer garden.
Cut flowers when the first flower is first opening. The flower lasts from 5-9 days in the vase. Pull the pollen sacks off when the flower opens to keep pollen from staining linens beneath the vase. If pollen should get on clothes or linens, let it dry before wiping it off. If wiped when wet, the pollen will stain.
To grow lilies well, mulch with composted manures or compost and shredded bark to keep the roots cool, and add additional humus to the soil.
Photographed in author's garden.