Lilium martagon

Turk's cap lily

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This easy to grow species lily is a delight in the garden. In summer mature bulbs can produce from 30 to 50 small pendant blooms that curl open to a turban shape. The bulbs can produce flowers that are either pink or white; both colors are speckled inside with dark maroon spots. It is one of the few lilies that will thrive in light or open shade.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun, light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional to regular watering during dry months

Seasonal Interest: In mid summer this bulb reaches full bloom.

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Adiantum venustum, Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana, Epimedium grandiflora ‘Yubae’, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Glowing Embers’, Helleborus x hybridus

Great Color Contrasts: purple, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, rose, silver

Culture Notes
Martagon lilies prefer a site with rich moist to well-drained or sandy soil, although they will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Grow in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Provide regular to occasional watering during dry weather. Bulbs can be planted from fall through early spring. These lilies can be cut to the ground in autumn once the foliage begins to yellow. They can naturalize in favorable sites. Control slugs and snails to protect new growth in the spring and any young seedlings that have appeared.