Star gazer lily close-up

Stargazer Oriental Lily

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Stargazer lily returns each year to set an explosion of pink and white star-shaped blooms in late spring to early summer. The six petals of the bloom open on stems 2 to 3 feet tall. The blooms can reach up to 8 inches across. The blooms display for about two weeks.

Star gazer lily bunchWhere to plant stargazer

Stargazer lily is cold hardy in USDA planting zones 4 through 9. Choose a well-drained location in full sun. Plant this highly scented perennial along a walkway or close to an open window to enjoy the strong fragrance. In the colder zones, protect the bulb with about 3 inches of mulch, like pine bark chips or leaf mold.

Enjoy cuttings indoors

To gather stargazer lily blooms for indoor floral bouquets, cut no more than half of the stem. The remaining stem and leaves will help nourish the bulb. To increase indoor bloom time and reduce mess by the vase from dropped pollen dust, snip off the orange anther.

Stargazer anthers

The picture above shows the orange anthers that are supported by yellow-white stems called filaments. The color of the anther fades as the flower ages. Together, the anther and filament form the stamen. Sprouting from the center is the three-node stigma supported by the style. Once cut, the flower no longer needs these parts so to make it easier, snip off all the center stargazer lily parts to prevent dropped pollen.

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