Martagon Lily Russian Morning
Wild Martagon Lily
DetailsMartagon Lily ‘Russian Morning’ has stunning deep rose-purple colored flowers, hanging from stalks with up to 50 blooms each. Producing bold color in early summer, ‘Russian Morning’ prefers full sun with "feet" in the shade. Winter hardy in zones 3-9, this ‘wild’ lily is fragrant, and makes a stunning cut flower. It can be grown in containers or in the ground. Plant it in compost enriched soils with full to part sun. Very attractive to butterflies.
|Common Name||Wild Martagon Lily|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||36-48" tall|
|Bulb Size||12-14 cm|
|Bulb Spacing||3-4 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Plant 6-8" deep|
|Bloom Time||Early to mid summer|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Average Soil|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers|
|Ideal Region||Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
- Plant in a fast draining, compost enriched garden loam with full sun or a half day of partial sun. Lilies prefer slightly acid soil and are not a good choice for highly alkaline western soils unless you're willing to regularly acidify the soil with soil sulfur. Avoid clay unless amply amended with ample compost to improve drainage.
- Mulch with commonly available mulch materials to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Cool, moist soil is essential for optimum growth and flowering of lilies.
- Lilies prefer consistent moist soil and need regular irrigation when conditions are dry. They don't like to dry out, but are prone to rot if their planting site is in a depression and accumulates water after a good rain.
- Deadheading keeps the plants looking tidy and help them conserve energy for bulb growth and not seed production. But it will not bring them back into bloom.
- Fertilize generously in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This can be repeated in late spring to help build humus levels in their soil. Special comments
- Oriental lilies are very fragrant, while Asian lilies are not.
- Some of the taller varieties may require staking in windy climates, as they can get up to 6 ft. tall and be top heavy with lots of flowers.
- Cut back to just above ground level in late fall or early spring.
- Mulch heavily with a 2 to 3 inch layer in late fall as the soil begins to freeze. This is especially important when planting new bulbs in zone 3 and 4 climates. If snow cover is not dependable, make fall mulching a regular practice.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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