Firebolt Lily Lilium 'Firebolt' (Viia/b-c)

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


Lilium 'Firebolt', commonly known as a type of lily, is distinguished by its vivid, fiery-hued flowers. The blooms of this plant generally exhibit a deep, rich red or orange color that exudes an almost glowing effect. Each flower features a trumpet shape, characteristic of many lilies, with gracefully curving petals that flare outward at the tips. The petals may have a touch of yellow near the base and often sport dark spots or brushstrokes that add to the visual intensity of the flower. The plant's flowers are supported by a sturdy stem which also bears narrow, lance-shaped leaves. These leaves are typically a deep green, which creates an attractive contrast against the brightness of the blossoms. The leaves are arranged in a spiral pattern up the stem, adding to the plant's overall visual texture. Within each captivating bloom, you'll often find prominent stamens, which project from the center. These bear anthers at the tips, which are usually coated with a visible layer of pollen. The overall effect of Lilium 'Firebolt' is one of dramatic beauty, with its striking colors and impressive floral display drawing the eye and often becoming a focal point in a garden's visual landscape.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Firebolt Lily

    • Common names

      Lilium 'Firebolt' (Viia/b-c).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Lily 'Firebolt', commonly known as the Asiatic Lily, is considered toxic to humans if ingested. However, the toxicity level to humans is generally low. Ingesting parts of the plant can cause minor symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. While eating small quantities may result in mild stomach upset, larger amounts could lead to more severe digestive discomfort.

    • To pets

      The Lily 'Firebolt', more commonly known as the Asiatic Lily, is highly toxic to cats. If a cat ingests any part of the plant, including the petals, leaves, stem, or pollen, it can lead to acute kidney failure, which is a potentially life-threatening condition. Symptoms of poisoning in cats include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, and urination, or a lack of urination. If you suspect your cat has ingested any part of the plant, immediate veterinary attention is crucial to prevent serious health consequences or death. Dogs are not as sensitive to lilies as cats, but ingestion can still cause gastrointestinal upset.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      1 foot (0.30 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Visual Appeal: Its striking red-orange flowers add vibrant color and aesthetic beauty to gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing biodiversity.
    • Cut Flower Use: Strong stems and long-lasting blooms make ideal choices for fresh-cut flower arrangements.
    • Low Maintenance: Typically requires minimal care beyond basic watering and occasional fertilizing.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, has a good tolerance for short periods of drought.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides a burst of color in the garden during its bloom time in summer.
    • Easy Propagation: Can be easily propagated by dividing bulbs, allowing gardeners to expand their display or share with others.

  • 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

    • Lily 'Firebolt' petals can be used in high-end floral confetti for weddings and celebrations; their vibrant color adds a stunning visual element to any festive occasion.
    • The strong stems of the Lily 'Firebolt' can be used in lightweight construction for model making, due to their rigidity and length after the flowers have been removed.
    • These lilies can be incorporated into natural dye making, where their petals create unique and vivid colors particularly useful in the art of fabric dyeing.
    • Lily 'Firebolt' flowers can be a muse for artists and photographers, offering a striking subject for creative works thanks to their bold hues and dramatic appearance.
    • When dried, the petals of the Lily 'Firebolt' can be used in potpourri mixes, adding a splash of color and subtle, natural fragrance to a room.
    • The pollen from Lily 'Firebolt' could be potentially used for colorant in safe, non-toxic finger paints for crafts and children's activities.
    • Edible varieties of the petals could be candied and used as elegant and surprising garnishes for desserts, showcasing their bright red pigment.
    • Pressed Lily 'Firebolt' flowers can serve as bookmarks or be embedded into paper making, creating visually appealing and one-of-a-kind stationery.
    • As a subject for botanical studies, the Lily 'Firebolt' provides students and researchers with insights into hybrid plant variations and breeding.
    • The spent blooms of the Lily 'Firebolt' can be repurposed as natural bird feeders, holding seeds and nuts for birds to enjoy.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Lily is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Lily is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Passion: The 'Firebolt' in the name suggests a strong and intense emotion, akin to a passionate feeling.
    • Transformation: Lilies often symbolize growth and transformation, which can be associated with the fiery energy implied by 'Firebolt'.
    • Purity and Renewal: Lilies are commonly connected to themes of purity and starting anew, which the 'Firebolt' variety might evoke with its vibrant bloom.
    • Transcendence: The upward growth and bloom of lilies can symbolize transcendence or reaching towards enlightenment.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Oriental lilies like the 'Firebolt' Lily prefer consistently moist but not soggy soil. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which often equates to once or twice a week during the growing season, depending on the climate and weather conditions. It is crucial to avoid overwatering as this can lead to bulb rot. Use around 3-4 gallons of water per square yard every week during active growth. It's best to water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry before nightfall.

  • sunLight

    'Firebolt' Lilies thrive in a location where they can receive full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. They can tolerate some partial shade, especially in the hot afternoon hours, which can help prevent the flowers from fading too quickly. The ideal spot for 'Firebolt' Lilies is a sunny border where they will be bathed in light for the majority of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The 'Firebolt' Lily flourishes best within the temperature range of 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate a minimum temperature down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum temperature of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to protect them from freezing temperatures and excessively high heat to ensure their health and blooming.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning 'Firebolt' Lilies isn't typically necessary for their health but removing spent flowers can encourage the plants to focus energy on bulb growth rather than seed production. After blooming, cut just beneath the spent flower heads, leaving as much stem and foliage as possible to die back naturally. Pruning is best done immediately after blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For the Lilium 'Firebolt', also known as Asiatic Lily, the best soil mix is well-draining, fertile loam enriched with organic matter such as compost. It prefers a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5. A mixture of two parts loam, one part peat moss, and one part perlite or sand is ideal to ensure adequate drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Asiatic Lilies, including 'Firebolt', typically do not need frequent repotting as they are perennial plants. They should be repotted every 3 to 4 years or when the bulb outgrows its current container or shows a decline in flowering.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Asiatic Lilies like 'Firebolt' prefer moderate humidity levels. They thrive in an outdoor environment with natural humidity but do not have specific high humidity requirements. Protecting them from overly dry air or excessively humid conditions which may lead to fungal diseases is important.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Lilium 'Firebolt' (also known as Firebolt Lily) begins with seed germination, wherein the seed, ideally after a period of cold stratification, sprouts and develops into a seedling when environmental conditions are favorable. The seedling grows and forms a bulb, which is the storage organ that contains the embryonic plant. As temperatures rise in spring, the bulb sends up shoots and roots, leading to the vegetative growth stage where the plant develops leaves and stems. The Firebolt Lily then enters the flowering stage where buds form and eventually blossom into vibrant, typically fiery-red flowers, attracting pollinators and participating in sexual reproduction. Following pollination, the flowers produce seed capsules, which upon ripening, release seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. During the dormant phase, typically in colder months, the above-ground portions of the plant may die back, but the bulb remains viable underground, ready for the next growth cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • Lilium 'Firebolt', commonly known as a variety of Oriental lily, is typically propagated through division of its bulbs. The best time to propagate these lilies is in the fall, after the foliage has died back and the plant has gone dormant. To propagate by bulb division, carefully dig up the lily bulbs and gently separate the smaller bulblets from the main bulb. These bulblets are the lily's natural way of cloning itself and can be replanted immediately. Make sure each new section has at least one or two scales with a visible bud and plant them at a depth approximately three times the height of the bulb, usually between 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), as they need enough depth to anchor themselves and to allow for proper root development. This popular method allows for a steady increase in your lily garden and can result in blooms in the following seasons if the bulblets are mature enough.