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Lilium martagon var. album (IXc/d)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

white Turk's cap lily

Family

Liliaceae


Lilium are bulbous perennials with erect stems bearing whorled or spirally arranged leaves and terminal racemes or umbels of bowl-shaped, trumpet-shaped, funnel-shaped or turk's cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red

L. martagon var. album is a vigorous bulbous perennial to 2m in height, with whorled leaves and racemes of up to 40 pure white turkscap flowers each 5cm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Lilium martagon 'Album'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter. Very vigorous species

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown, when ripe, in containers in a cold frame or separate offsets after the foliage dies down

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Red lily beetle, aphids, slugs and wireworms may be a problem

Diseases

grey moulds and a virus may cause problems. See lily diseases