Turkscap lily

Lilium martagon var. albiflorum

Turkscap lily - Lilium martagon var. albiflorum

Common Name: Turkscap lily
Genus: Lilium
Species: martagon var. albiflorum

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Flowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


In early to midsummer tall upright spikes bearing up to 20 nodding turkscap flowers are produced above whorls of dark green leaves. Thriving in most soils including chalk it is ideal for naturalising in open woodland or meadows. The white flowers are flecked with rusty red spots and are highly scented but somewhat pungent.

  • Garden care: Plant 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in a well-drained soil enriched with well-rotted organic matter or leaf mould using a marker to minimise any unnecessary disturbance. Stake with ring stakes or bamboo canes in spring before the flowers appear. Deadhead the faded blooms and cut the stems back to ground level at the end of autumn


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