Amazingly decorative and easy to grow, Martagon Lilies feature bountiful 2-4 inch blossoms (5-10 cm), mostly downward facing with strongly recurved tepals and resembling a Turk's cap (hence their common name). Yellow, pink, lavender, light orange, deep dark red and white are the colors most frequently seen and are often accompanied by whimsical speckles and freckles. There is a form of the species called Lilium Martagon 'Album' that is a pure spotless white.
- Blooming in early - mid summer, they come back year after year and constitute excellent border plants, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border and mix beautifully with annuals and other summer flowering bulbs. Their colors are at their loveliest next to ferns and/or hostas. They are well suited to containers and the cutting garden too.
- There may be up to 50 flowers on a stem, although the average is generally 12 to 24 blossoms.
Lilium 'Ariabian Night'
- Growing up to 3-6 feet tall (90-180 cm) on slender stems clad with whorled leaves, they are highly disease-resistant and perform best in full sun or part shade. Martagons are able to stand considerably more shade than most lilies, making them good plants for light woodland or between shrubs.
- Martagons enjoy slightly alkaline, well-drained soils. Good moisture is required and dry soils should be avoided. Although it may take them a year to adjust to a new garden, once established, the Martagons will thrive for years.
- Winners of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society are the species Lilium Martagon and Lilium Martagon 'Album'
- Plant in fall or anytime between spring and fall for potted plants.
- When flowering is over, cut back leaves and stems after they turn yellow. This plant may self-seed.
- Martagon lilies belong to the Martagon Hybrid Division (II) which includes the hybrids of Martagon lilies derived from L. × dalhansonii, hansonii, martagon, medeoloides and tsingtauense. Flowers usually small, often numerous, mostly downfacing, typically with rather thick, recurved tepals and often of Turk’s cap form, and often borne in a narrow, cylindrical inflorescence; sometimes out-facing with tepals hardly recurved. Spots usually present, numerous, often on at least three-quarters of each tepal and sometimes also on the edges of the outside. Tepal-margins usually smooth. Flowers with little or an unpleasant scent. Buds often hairy. Leaves typically whorled, often rather broad. Bulbs often mauve or orange-yellow. Early flowering. There are 9 different types of lilies classified by the Royal Horticultural Society. And they are all real eye-catchers!