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PlantFiles: Martagon Lily, Common Turk's' Cap Lily
Lilium x marhan 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: x marhan (MAR-han) (Info)
Cultivar: Mrs. R.O. Backhouse
Additional cultivar information: (aka Mrs. Backhouse)

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2 - Martagon hybrids

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
3" to 6" (76 mm to 150 mm)

Color Pattern:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
By dividing the bulb's scales
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NancyMcD On Apr 24, 2011, NancyMcD from Grand Marais, MI wrote:

This lily grows and blooms wonderfully for us. Martagons and their relatives seem to be the lilies that chipmunks like LEAST to eat, thank goodness. It's also very beautiful.

Positive TomH3787 On May 28, 2007, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

It's done well here in spite of being at the southern end of its preferred climate range. According to Old House Gardens this is an early-20th-century cross of L. martagon and L. hansonii.

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This appears to be the most vigorous of the Martagon lily hybrids I grow.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Grand Marais, Michigan
Omaha, Nebraska
Sparks, Nevada
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
Provo, Utah
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

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