Martagon Lily, Common Turk's Cap Lily 'Backhouse'

Lilium martagon

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: martagon (MART-uh-gon) (Info)
Cultivar: Backhouse
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2 - Martagon hybrids

Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Mid Fall

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

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Color Pattern:



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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Pittsford, New York

Columbia, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

martagon 'Backhouse' - similar in shape, size and growth habit as regular martagon, but with the added coloration which makes it particularly interesting; requires rich, humus soil; often takes a season to adjust to its new home, so don't expect it to bloom the 1st year.

Color: Mixture
Height: 32" And Up
Flowering Time: Mid Summer
Sun vs Shade: Full Sun Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Average
Zones: 4 5 6 7 8