Marvelous Martagons: Lilies for the Landscape

By magnolialover
July 6, 2015

In recent years, the use of the martagon lily in the landscape has made a bit of a comeback. For years, martagons had been given a bad reputation of being difficult to grow and too expensive. As a result, they became more difficult to obtain. As we celebrate lily week, we will take a look at these beautiful, graceful lilies that are perfect for the woodland setting. We celebrate their comeback and availability in commerce and we will share tips for planting them and ensuring their success.

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Jul 5, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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What is a martagon lily? What differentiates it from other lilies? How many kinds of lilies are out there? So many questions...I will see what this week brings.
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Jul 6, 2015 1:00 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Deb, hybrid lilies are classified into eight divisions with most of garden lily commerce involved in six of them. These are the Asiatic hybrids, martagon hybrids, American hybrids, trumpet/aurelian hybrids, Oriental hybrids and interspecific or interdivisional hybrids.

The martagon species is native to Eurasian areas of limestone hills and mountains, hence they require an alkaline soil.
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Jul 6, 2015 4:52 AM CST
Name: Linda
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Martagon lilies most certainly do add much to the shade garden landscape! A few years ago I started noticing seedlings appearing in random spots in my hosta glade and one actually bloomed right next to cultivar 'Rosalinda'. I had thought it was an additional stem and what a surprise it was to see the deep red flowers next to the pink Rosalinda! I am pretty sure that one is a seedling from 'dahlhansonii' which is growing in a magnificent clump about 20 ft. away.
This year I had at least 12 seedlings bloom for the first time!
Here are pictures of 5 of them. And they seem to appear very effectively in places where I perhaps would not have thought of planting them!
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Jul 6, 2015 7:46 AM CST
Name: Dirt
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Wonderful!
Do any of you have a recommended source for Martagons--I think I need to try some more nodding
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Jul 6, 2015 8:20 AM CST
Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
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Jul 6, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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dirtdorphins said:Wonderful!
Do any of you have a recommended source for Martagons--I think I need to try some more nodding


Me, too! Lovey dubby
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Jul 6, 2015 12:08 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Thanks for the info Connie. I'll steer away from martagons as I have decidedly acidic soil.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Jul 6, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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I don't grow them either but I sure do envy those who can. They are beautiful lilies.
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Jul 6, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Well I do have decidedly alkaline everything--so for once, this may be an option for me Smiling
(I was so heartbroken after planting a bunch of my favorite fragrant orientals when I first moved here and they turned yellow, and languished, and slowly died Crying )
Shade/part-shade and well-drained are rather limited conditions though--but at least that can change with time and work Thumbs up
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Jul 6, 2015 7:41 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Dirt, the white Martagon Lily I gew from seeds is very happy in a large pot, under an Acacia caven tree that provides little shade. Our summers have been extremely hot and water has been very scarce.
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Jul 11, 2015 9:00 AM CST

Please don't let acidic soil keep you from trying martagons. Here in far northern Michigan our sandy soil is acidic, too, but martagons thrive here. In the garden, I add lime at planting time, but rarely think of it later, and they do fine. Another plus: of all the many lilies I've tried, martagons are the least favorite of the deer. Most lilies are just expensive deer food for us, but not these. They get munched occasionally, but not usually, and never enough to kill the plant. I love their little flowers that look as if they're carved from wax. Some varieties have a lovely fragrance, too.

For many years, I've thrown ripe seed out in our popple (quaking aspen) grove, and we now have martagons blooming there, too. Germination is slow, as the first year the seeds only put down a root, not growing a leaf until the second year. But what the heck, the years are going to pass anyway, you might as well sow lily seed and let them surprise you a few years down the line.
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Feb 13, 2021 12:39 PM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
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dirtdorphins said:Wonderful!
Do any of you have a recommended source for Martagons--I think I need to try some more nodding

@dirtdorphins I agree that I also need martagons...
did you manage to get any going? I've tried unsuccessfuly growing them from seeds...any tricks?...(you're my seedperson of reference in this site!)
Like every year on its initial weeks one comes up with ( more !!! Green Grin! ) projects) I just got addicted to Liliums...
( as well Sighing! )
I've got just a clump of oriental noid yellows that have just finished... Hilarious!

Now I need more... Hilarious!

Arturo
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Feb 13, 2021 1:02 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Yes I did indeed!
here's a couple pics from last summer
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These are just from an inexpensive grab bag of random unnamed martagon bulbs. They are doing well!

I have a couple of named varieties also

And, I ordered a few more during one of my winter doldrum-ordering-sprees just a little while ago.

I have no tips on growing them from seed, though I do have what I think are a couple of self-seeded babies...we'll see, if they live, how long it takes for them to turn into anything that might be recognizable...
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Feb 13, 2021 2:48 PM CST
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche,Rio Negro, Argentina (Zone 8a)
Dahlias Irises Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Roses
dirtdorphins said:
Thank You! Thank You! Drooling
These are just from an inexpensive grab bag of random unnamed martagon bulbs. They are doing well!
And, I ordered a few more during one of my winter doldrum-ordering-sprees just a little while ago.

I have no tips on growing them from seed, though I do have what I think are a couple of self-seeded babies...we'll see, if they live, how long it takes for them to turn into anything that might be recognizable...


I was unaware that ordering sprees were seasonal.... Rolling on the floor laughing Mine last 12 months in a row and comprise....(hush) everything Whistling

I wish I were to have that kind of grab bag random martagons here. You are very lucky!

Let me know how your self seeded babies fare.... Crossing Fingers!

Arturo
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Feb 13, 2021 3:16 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Trying to start from seeds, hopefully see them this year
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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