Lily Lilium 'Perfect Joy' (I)

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


Lilium 'Perfect Joy', commonly known as lily, is a striking plant characterized by its bold and vibrant flowers. The blooms of this particular variety are large and often bowl-shaped, displaying an array of bright colors that can vary from white to a deep pink with a gradient effect. At the center of each flower, there is a distinct contrast with darker-colored spots sprinkled across the petals, leading towards the base where they tend to cluster. The petals may exhibit a gentle ruffling along the edges, adding a texture that enhances the flower's visual appeal. Within the bloom's center, prominent anthers emerge, typically a contrasting color such as a rich brown or deep orange, which stand out against the petals and attract pollinators. These anthers are perched on top of slender filaments, rising above the flower's throat. The foliage of the lily is also notable, comprised of long, narrow leaves that spiral up the stem, creating a lush green backdrop that further accentuates the beauty of the flowers. These leaves are smooth, with a glossy finish, and their arrangement along the stem provides a sense of order and structure to the plant's overall look. The lily's enticing fragrance adds another layer to its allure, with a scent that can be both intoxicating and subtle, drawing in both people and polli-nators alike. The flowers are known for their ability to imbue their surroundings with this delightful fragrance, making them a popular choice for gardens and floral arrangements. Overall, Lilium 'Perfect Joy' is a captivating and elegant plant that brings both visual and olfactory pleasure to any environment in which it is placed.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Perfect Joy Lily

    • Common names

      Lilium 'Perfect Joy'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Lilium 'Perfect Joy', commonly known as lily, is generally not significantly toxic to humans. However, if ingested in large quantities, parts of the plant may cause mild stomach upset. It is not considered deadly or particularly dangerous to humans, but care should be taken to avoid ingestion, particularly by children, as individual sensitivities can vary.

    • To pets

      Lilies are highly toxic to cats. Even ingesting a small amount of any part of the plant or pollen can lead to severe kidney damage and potentially fatal poisoning. Symptoms in pets, particularly cats, may include vomiting, lethargy, lack of appetite, and kidney failure. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of a lily plant, immediate veterinary attention is crucial.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: The Lilium 'Perfect Joy' provides striking blooms that enhance the aesthetic of gardens and landscapes.
    • Easy to Grow: This plant is known for being relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for gardeners of various skill levels.
    • Long Bloom Period: It has a long flowering season, offering colorful displays for an extended period.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Versatile Planting: Suitable for borders, beds, and containers, allowing for versatile gardening design and use.
    • Cut Flower Usage: The blooms make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements and last well in vases.
    • Low Maintenance: The plant generally requires minimal upkeep beyond basic watering and occasional fertilizing.

  • 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 'Perfect Joy' bulbs can be used as a natural dye source. The crushed bulbs can create varying shades of yellow or orange dye for fabrics and wool.
    • The sturdy stems of the Lily 'Perfect Joy' can be used in floral displays and crafts, providing structure and support to arrangements.
    • Pressed flowers from the Lily 'Perfect Joy' can be used in art projects like making bookmarks, cards, or framed botanical art.
    • Petals of the Lily 'Perfect Joy' can be used to create eco-friendly confetti for weddings and celebrations, as they are biodegradable.
    • Lily 'Perfect Joy' petals can be incorporated into homemade potpourri mixes, adding a pleasant fragrance and color to the mixture.
    • The flowers of the Lily 'Perfect Joy' can be used as a natural insecticide, as some lilies have been known to deter certain insects.
    • Lily 'Perfect Joy' can be used in photography projects, serving as an elegant subject for macro photography and still-life compositions.
    • The strong fragrance of the Lily 'Perfect Joy' can be captured and used to make scented sachets for drawers and closets.
    • Dried Lily 'Perfect Joy' flowers can be used in candle making, embedding the petals in the wax to add a decorative touch.
    • Using the Lily 'Perfect Joy' in a sensory garden can provide a tactile and olfactory experience, offering a textured touch and a strong smell.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Lily is associated with purity and renewal in Feng Shui. To harness its benefits, place lilies in areas where you wish to introduce fresh energy and support personal growth. However, avoid placing them in bedrooms as Feng Shui advises against strong scented flowers in spaces of rest.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Lily is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity - The white petals of the Lily often symbolize purity and virginity, which is a common association for many lilies.
    • Majesty - Lilies are frequently associated with majesty and regal bearing, due in part to their prominent flowers which command attention.
    • Royalty - In addition to majesty, the Lily is known to symbolize royalty, reflecting its status and elegance throughout various cultures and times.
    • Renewal and Rebirth - The cycle of the Lily's bloom mirrors the idea of renewal and rebirth, and hence it is often used as a symbol of a new beginning.
    • Motherhood - Because of the flower's full, rounded bloom, lilies can represent motherhood and fertility.
    • Transcendence - The Lily's long stem that elevates its flower above the ground can symbolize reaching towards the divine or transcending the ordinary.
    • Perfect Joy - The name 'Perfect Joy' itself suggests the plant symbolizes a state of pure and complete happiness.

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

    To properly water a Lily 'Perfect Joy', ensure the soil is evenly moist but not waterlogged. They require consistent moisture during the growing season, so watering about once a week or whenever the top inch of soil feels dry is recommended. Use about a gallon of water per plant each time, adjusting for rainfall and changes in temperature that might affect the soil's moisture level. During dormancy in the fall and winter, reduce watering to prevent root rot. Always water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage.

  • sunLight

    Lily 'Perfect Joy' thrives in full sun to partial shade. They perform best when they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, which promotes vigorous flowering. If planted outdoors, a spot that provides morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal, especially in hotter climates to prevent scorching of the petals.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Lily 'Perfect Joy' is comfortable in average garden temperatures but prefers a range between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of about 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, consistent temperatures within the preferred range support the best growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Lily 'Perfect Joy' requires minimal pruning, mainly to remove dead or unsightly foliage and spent flowers to promote healthy growth and appearance. After flowering, cut just below the spent flower heads but leave the stems and leaves to die back naturally. This allows the plant to store energy for the next season. Pruning back to the ground should only occur after foliage has died back completely in late fall or early winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Lilies, commonly known as 'Lily', thrive in well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter. For 'Perfect Joy', a mix of loamy soil enriched with compost or well-rotted manure works best, ensuring good drainage to prevent bulb rot. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, in the range of 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Lilies generally do not require frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. However, if the 'Perfect Joy' lily becomes overcrowded or the soil is exhausted, repotting every 3 to 4 years is advisable.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Lilies prefer a moderate humidity level within the range of 40-60%. 'Perfect Joy' lily will benefit from these conditions, ensuring that the humidity isn't too high to prevent potential fungal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place 'Perfect Joy' lily in bright, indirect light, and water regularly.

    • Outdoor

      Plant 'Perfect Joy' lily in a sunny spot with well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Lilium 'Perfect Joy', commonly known as the 'Perfect Joy' Lily, begins with seed germination, where the seed develops into a small bulb after being exposed to a cold period, a process called stratification. Once the bulb roots and shoots emerge, it enters a vegetative growth phase, during which leaves are produced and energy is stored in the bulb for the next year's growth. This leads to the maturity stage where the plant blooms, usually in late spring or summer, revealing colorful and scented flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination occurs, the flowers then develop into seed pods if fertilized, which will mature and eventually release seeds for dispersal before the plant begins to wither. In fall, the above-ground portion of the Lily dies back, but the bulb remains dormant underground during the winter, conserving energy for the next growing season. With suitable conditions in spring, the cycle starts anew with the bulb sending up new shoots, continuing the perennial life cycle of the 'Perfect Joy' Lily.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Lilium 'Perfect Joy', commonly known as a type of Oriental Lily, is typically propagated through scaling, a process which is best done in the late summer after the plant has finished blooming. Scaling involves carefully removing a few scales from the bulbs. These scales, which are essentially small bulb segments, are then treated with a fungicide and placed in a moist, sterile growing medium such as peat moss or vermiculite. To maintain the necessary humidity and warmth, the container can be enclosed in a plastic bag and kept at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). Roots and a tiny bulb will begin to form at the base of the scale within a few months. Once they have developed sufficiently, these new bulblets can be planted in soil. This method allows for the growing of new plants that are genetically identical to the parent.