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Lilium candidum

Madonna lily

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  • Lilium candidum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height1.2m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourCreamy white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Lilium candidum (Madonna lily). This species will produce creamy white flowers with a lovely fragrance. The plants are tall and can reach about 6ft. They will bloom in the early summer. You can plant in early autumn about an inch deep, remember to keep the soil moist.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Bulb, Fragrant

Other common names

White lily, Lily

Origin

S.W. Asia. Naturalized in Europe

Interest and use

Border, fragrance.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Loamy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will need good drainage. Some prefer alkaline soil, others will not tolerate it. They all prefer the sun, but make sure the roots are deep to keep them cool.

Propagation

They can be propagated by means of offsets from the main bulb, or by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Viruses, fungal diseases, leather jackets and lily beetle may cause problems.

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