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What are some qualities of princess lilies?

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Princess lilies produce a large number of flowers during the blooming season and are excellent flowers for cutting due to their longevity. They are available in a variety of colors and have streaked petals that add a contrasting color to the blooms.

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Princess lilies, also known as Peruvian lilies, are tall flowers that can attain heights of up to 3 feet. They thrive in sun or light shade and prefer well-drained soil, blooming from late June until early August. The plants grow from tubers that continuously produce new shoots, expanding the plant's base just under the surface of the soil.

Princess lilies are low-maintenance, attracting birds and butterflies with their attractive blooms though they have no fragrance. A special deer resistance makes them popular in homes near wooded areas. Thriving in both the ground and potted containers, princess lilies are popular accent plants.

Suitable for planting in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 6, 7, 9 and 10, these flowers are perennials in the warmer regions. Deadheading the flowers in these zones can prevent the spread of the seed, keeping the plant contained to its bed. Princess lilies may stop flowering if the weather becomes too warm, with plants expending most of their energy on feeding the roots.

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