Taiwanese Lily Lilium formosanum var. pricei (Ixb/a)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
dwarf Formosa lily


The plant known commonly as Price's lily boasts an elegant trumpet-shaped flower characterized by a pristine white color that may have a subtle hint of pink or lavender. The flowers are typically oriented in an upright position and are known to possess a delightful fragrance, which can be more pronounced during the early evening hours. The long, narrow leaves of the plant are a deep, rich green and have a glossy texture, which contributes to the plant's visual appeal. These leaves are arranged in a whorled pattern along the stem, which provides a lush backdrop for the striking flowers. The overall presentation of Price's lily is one of simple elegance and natural grace.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Taiwanese Lily, Formosa Lily, Price's Lily

    • Common names

      Lilium pricei Hayata, Lilium formosanum var. pricei Hayata

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Taiwan Lily, as it is commonly known, has not been reported to be specifically toxic to humans. However, lilies in general can pose risks if ingested. Consuming large quantities of any part of most lily plants can potentially cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea due to the presence of various compounds that can be irritating to the gastrointestinal system. It's important to handle all plants with care and to consult medical professionals if there is concern about potential poisoning.

    • To pets

      Taiwan Lily is toxic to cats. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause severe symptoms in cats, including vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, kidney failure, and even death if not treated promptly. It is crucial to keep this plant away from cats and seek immediate veterinary attention if ingestion is suspected. Dogs are less sensitive to lilies, but they may still suffer from mild gastrointestinal upset if they consume parts of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: The plant is often grown for its striking flowers, which can enhance the aesthetic appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat support: It can provide habitat and food for various local insects and birds, contributing to biodiversity.
    • Educational interest: Lilium formosanum var. pricei can be used in educational settings to teach botany and plant lifecycle.
    • Cultural significance: In some cultures, lilies hold various symbolic meanings and are used in traditional events and celebrations.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Taiwan lily bulbs can be processed into a paste that is used as a natural adhesive in traditional crafts and paper making.
    • The flowers of the Taiwan lily are sometimes used in perfumery for their fragrance.
    • In certain cultures, the plant's stems are used as a natural source of fiber for weaving or making ropes.
    • The sap from Taiwan lily stems can be applied to fishing lines to increase their durability and strength.
    • When crushed, the leaves of the Taiwan lily can serve as a natural insect repellent.
    • Petals of the Taiwan lily can be used in food decoration for their aesthetic appeal.
    • Dried and crushed Taiwan lily leaves are occasionally utilized as a natural dye for textiles.
    • The seeds of the Taiwan lily can be roasted and ground to be used as a flour substitute or additive in baking.
    • Children sometimes use the hollow stalks of the Taiwan lily to make simple nature-inspired musical instruments.
    • The Taiwan lily's sturdy leaves have been used as impromptu bookmarks or as components in crafting eco-friendly art.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Taiwan Lily is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    1. Purity and Virginity: Lilium formosanum var. pricei, commonly known as the Taiwan Lily, is often associated with purity and virginity, reminiscent of the white color of its blossoms which are traditionally linked to these virtues.
    2. Beauty: The Taiwan Lily's elegant form and stunning flowers symbolize beauty, capturing the attention and admiration of both gardeners and floral enthusiasts alike.
    3. Transformation and Renewal: As a bulb that blooms into a spectacular flower, the Taiwan Lily represents transformation and renewal, symbolic of new beginnings and the cycle of life.
    4. Hope: The resilience and ability of the Taiwan Lily to grow in various conditions makes it a symbol of hope, representing the possibility of overcoming challenges.
    5. Motherhood: In some cultures, lilies are symbolic of motherhood and fertility, the Taiwan Lily can also carry these meanings, celebrating the nurturing aspects of life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Taiwan Lily should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil becomes dry, with frequency depending on the environmental conditions and pot size; in general, this might be approximately once a week. Use a watering can or hose to slowly apply water at the base until moisture begins to seep through the bottom of the pot; this could mean using about a gallon of water for a large pot. It's crucial to avoid overwatering as it may lead to root rot, and ensure the plant has good drainage. During the active growing season, the Taiwan Lily may require more frequent watering, while in winter, watering should be reduced significantly.

  • sunLight

    The Taiwan Lily thrives best in partial shade to full sun, with bright but indirect light being ideal. It should be placed in a spot where it can receive morning sun and afternoon shade or dappled sunlight throughout the day. Direct afternoon sunlight can be harsh and may scorch the foliage, so it's best to avoid placing it under the direct midday sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Taiwan Lily prefers cooler conditions and can tolerate a range from 30°F to 70°F. However, the ideal temperature range for optimal growth lies between 60°F and 68°F. Temperatures above 70°F may stress the plant, and frost or prolonged exposure to temperatures below freezing should be avoided.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Taiwan Lily should occur after blooming, mainly to remove any dead or damaged stems to maintain plant health and encourage future growth. Cut back the stems to the base of the plant after the flowers have faded and the leaves begin to yellow, typically in late fall. Pruning is not often required more than once a year.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Taiwan Lily requires well-draining soil with high organic content; a mix of loam, sand, and peat is beneficial. Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0 and 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Taiwan Lilies should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when they outgrow their current container, ensuring they receive fresh, nutrient-rich soil for continued growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Taiwan Lilies thrive in moderate to high humidity levels; maintaining a humidity of 40-60% is ideal for these plants.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place the Taiwan Lily in bright, indirect light and keep the soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with good drainage and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Lilium formosanum var. pricei, commonly known as Taiwan Lily, begins with seed germination which occurs in moist, well-drained soil conditions after a period of stratification. Seedlings emerge and develop into young plants with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. The plant grows from a bulb which will establish itself during the first few years, storing energy to support future flowering. Once mature, the Taiwan Lily produces upright stems and showy, fragrant flowers that are trumpet-shaped, typically blooming in late summer. After pollination by insects, the flowers develop into capsule-like fruits containing numerous flat seeds, which are then dispersed by wind or gravity. The plant then enters a period of dormancy during colder months, retracting back into the bulb until the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Taiwanese lily, scientifically known as Lilium formosanum var. pricei, is commonly propagated through bulb scales, which is the most popular and successful method used. This method typically takes place in late summer to early autumn when the plant is dormant. To propagate by bulb scales, a gardener would carefully remove a few scales from the basal plate of a mature bulb and place them in a mix of peat and perlite. The scales should be kept at a humidity level of around 70 percent and at a temperature of about 70°F (21°C). Over a period of a few weeks to months, these scales will develop bulblets at their base, which can then be planted individually once they have a few small roots and at least one shoot.