Our Martagon Lilies are finally blooming! I planted them fall before last, but last year they just sent up stems with no flowers. Apparently that is par for the course with this type of Lily. This year, though, there are bountiful orange flowers with maroon markings. and brick-red anthers. This variety is called ‘Sunny Morning’.
A wonderful thing about Martagon Lilies is that they actually prefer light shade. They will also tolerate full sun and part shade, but not deep shade. In the wild, there are several Martagon species that grow in woodlands and wood margins from Spain to Siberia. It’s generally hybrid varieties, though, that you find in catalogs. But I am not complaining.
Martagon Lilies generally grow about 3 or 4 feet tall. They like moist, well-drained soil.
We have two Martagon Lilies in the Back Raised Bed and five near the neighbor’s fence and the Chokecherry tree. All are ‘Sunny Morning’ Only four of those five are blooming, though, as I accidentally broke one of the stems.
The good news, though, is that Martagon Lilies will multiply if they are happy, to the point where they need division. I fervently hope that they are happy in our shady Back Garden. If you want your Martagon Lilies to multiply, snip off the flower spikes when the blooms are done.
This Lily has interesting whorled leaves on mostly leafless stems.
They catch the sunlight nicely, don’t they?
Blooming in front of the Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus).
Martagons are also super hardy, ranging from USDA zone3 (sometimes eve zone 2) to 7, though they don’t like hot climates. There’s a variety called ‘Manitoba’, which should tell you something.
There’s lots of information on Martagon Lilies on the website of the North American Lily Society.
There is always the danger of Lily Beetles, of course, though thank goodness we have had no sign of them yet. Even so, I’m very glad I took a chance on Martagon Lilies.
What about you – do you grow Martagon Lilies? Do you have a different favorite Lily?