Lilium martagon

Lilium martagon

If only we had more space to grow many liliums. Perhaps the garden needs a mezzanine floor.  Such a structure would solve most of our space problems… and grow more liliums.

There are plenty of online resources in relation to the selection and cultivation of species and hybrid liliums. You can also go retro by obtaining relatively cheap books on the subjects. In view of this our general comments will be brief.

Lliliums need a well-drained location with at least half a day of sunshine. If it’s too shady, the stems will stretch and lean towards the sun; trumpet lilies (regales) are the most shade sensitive. Lilies love full sun, as long as the bulbs are deep enough to keep cool when temperatures soar. Good air circulation and spacing of the plants will control disease. If you do see brown spots on the leaves, use any fungicide recommended for roses.

Description and Distribution:
The name martagon is derived from a Turkish word meaning a type of turban worn by Sultan Muhammad. The species is native to a broad area of Europe, parts of the Balkans and across to Ukraine. It was introduced in 1753. The flower colour is quite variable, in low elevations it tends to be pale pink to brownish pink. In higher elevations a strong dark pink. The brownish violet spotting is aslo variable. There is also a white flowering variety (introduced in 1772) which tends to be larger and stronger.

Availability:
Display only. Multitude of hybrids available from online bulb suppliers.