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.
CareRequires neutral to alkaline soil and thrives on thin, chalky ground. Plant no more than 1 inch deep. Tolerates drier soil than other lilies.
PropagationIn fall, by division, bulblet transplanting, and scaling.
ProblemsVery susceptible to gray mold.
- Genus : Lilium
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Type : Bulbs
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : White