Lilium 'Connecticut King'
Common Name: Asiatic lily
Type: Bulb
Family: Liliaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June
Bloom Description: Buttercup yellow with golden yellow center, not spotted
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Good Cut


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best with upper plant in full sun and roots in shade. Plant bulbs 4-6" deep in rich, organic soil in fall or early spring (some nurseries only ship bulbs in fall, however). Potted plants may be planted any time from spring to fall. Plant in groups of at least three for best display and space 12" apart. Bulbs need good moisture year-round. Do not allow soil to dry out. Mulch around plants to keep root zone cool. Remove flowers as they fade to prevent seed from setting. After bloom, cut plants back only after leaves and stems turn yellow.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Asiatic hybrid lilies are known for their large, often non-fragrant flowers (4-6" wide), wide range of colors and early summer bloom (Asiatic lilies are among the first of the lilies to bloom). This Asiatic hybrid features buttercup yellow flowers with golden centers on rigid, 3-4' stems. Flowers lack spotting. Excellent fresh cut flower.


For the average gardener, Asiatic hybrid lilies are perhaps the easiest lilies to grow. Usually pest free, but potential disease problems include: (1) lily mosaic virus (prompt control of aphids which vector the disease is highly recommended, since there is no cure once infection occurs); (2) bulb rot (particularly in wet, poorly drained soils); and (3) botrytis. Plants may need staking if grown in too much shade (stems weaken) or if grown in locations exposed to too much wind.

Garden Uses

An excellent, showy flower that provides color and contrast in summer to the perennial border. Also may be grown in pots or containers, but plants and flowers will be somewhat smaller.