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Lilium candidum (Madonna lily)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Lilium candidum Common Name: Madonna lily Genus: Lilium
One of the oldest garden flowers, the madonna lily has bright green hosta-like basal rosettes appearing in winter and shallow-rooted bulbs that give it a distinctive appearance. In late spring, it thrusts up leafy torches topped with pristine scented blossoms in a raceme of 5 to 10 trumpet-shaped flowers.
Care: Requires neutral to alkaline soil and thrives on thin, chalky ground. Plant no more than 1 inch deep. Tolerates drier soil than other lilies.
Propagation: In fall, by division, bulblet transplanting, and scaling.
Problems: Very susceptible to gray mold.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Spring; Spring; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Bulbs

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