Cardiocrinum giganteum (Wall.) Makino, Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 27: 125 1913. (Syn: Cardiocrinum giganteum var. giganteum ; Lilium cordifolium subsp. giganteum Baker; Lilium giganteum Wall.);

Cardiocrinum giganteum, the giant Himalayan lily, is the largest species of any of the lily plants, growing up to 3.5 metres high. It is found in the Himalayas of India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, China and Myanmar (Burma).[2]

Two varieties are recognized by the Flora of China:[3]

  • C. giganteum var. giganteum which grows to 3 metres tall, has the outer part of the flower greenish and the inside streaked with purple, and
  • C. giganteum var. yunnanense which is shorter, and has the outer part of the flower white and the inside streaked with purplish red
The plant was first described scientifically by Nathaniel Wallich[4] in Nepal and was introduced into commercial production (as Lilium giganteum) in Britain in the 1850s.  
(From Wikipedia on 9.11.14)



ID Request?? near Sai Ropa – GHNP – PKA92 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).

Seen this erect herb near a water stream in forest cover at Sai Ropa (GHNP). This is the only pic. available.
Date/Time: 23-09-2014 / 04:30PM

If it is tall herb (4-5 feet, hollow stem 1.5-2cm diam) it may be Cardiocrinum giganteum (Liliaceae) in fruiting stage.

Thanks …, i think U R right, Thanks again..



My Flora Picture of the Year- 2014 : 20 posts by 16 authors. Attachments (1).

This Year in June we planned to visit Great Himalayan National Park and Banjar valley in Himachal. Just near the scheduled plan, only we two members me and … were ready to go. During this 7-8 days event we visited many places like Chehni Kothi, Shringi Rishi Ashram, Shikari Devi Temple Jalori Pass, Naldehra, Narkanda, Banjar, Tirthan Valley etc. Also this time we faced the two big problems, one is Brake Failure of Our Car while climbing Down from Jalori pass and Accommodation and Food Problem on last night of visit.
Despite of all such things, this tour will always be remembered for the exciting wonderful flora we could get during this visit, Hospitality provided at Brahmkumari’s Guest House Near Tirthan and above all excellent colors of nature spreading over the entire Banjar, Tirthan Valley and around Shikari Devi Temple. The two most exciting findings were Cardiocrinum giganteum and Capparis spinosa. I saw Giant Himalayan Lily first time and it was in full bloom. Capparis spinosa we could find in flowering at only one place and on only a single plant in that non flowering season for that plant.
One plant Cardiocrinum giganteum, The Giant Himalayan Lily, I am sharing as my flora picture of the year 2014.

Very beautiful..I missed this, will have to go again…thanks …

Oh! Marvellous!

wonderful lillies

nice to see

lucky that perhaps you had a good driver (going downhill with brakes problem is worrisome to say the least)

Lovely picture. Thanks … for calling back thrilling memories of Tirthan Valley. With your kind permission let me post a picture with the beautiful backdrop of the waterfall where we saw this rare plant. Waiting for the announcement of 2015 trip.

Thanks … for sharing these beautiful pics.. I too had spotted this plant near a water fall at GHNP but it was in its fruiting stage..

Lovely picture, … The story behind this catch makes it very interesting too.

It is a majestic lily of Himalaya. I have never seen it in full bloom. Probably I have to exlpore more in rainy season. Thanks for reminding the beauty of this Giant Lily.

Very beautiful upload … We are waiting for you to get relatively free so that we can resume our forays to hills.


UP-Meghalay 6 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Cardiocrinum gigantium lily plant more than 5feet high seen on the hill slope along a river in Meghalaya.



Cardiocrinum giganteum submission : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5) – around 700 kb each.
Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan Lily
Synonyms – Lilium giganteum
Family – Liliaceae
Cardiocrinum giganteum is the largest true lily species in the world native to Himalayas. The plants along with its inflorescence attains height of 8-10 feets.
The long inflorescence is raceme having 10-16 large white colored flowers with greenish shades outside and are streaked with purple inside. They are not only magnificent to see but also they have strong fragrance which attracts a large variety of pollinators. 
The genus name ‘Cardiocrinum’ alludes to its large heart shaped leaves, from the Greek ‘kardia’ meaning heart and ‘krinon’ meaning lily.
Photographed at Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh 
Dated – 18 June 2019
Altitude – 1900metres asl



Cardiocrinum giganteum (Wall.) Makino : 3 posts by 2 authors. 3 images– 3 to 7 mb each. 

Location: Chisapani, Shivapuri National Park
Date:  20 January 2020
Elevation: 1577m.
Habitat: Wild
Syn : Lilium giganteum Wall.
Nepal Name : घिउ पात Ghiu Paat 



Same plant 07 August 2020



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