Martagon Lily - Lilium martagon

Alternative names
Turk's Cap Lily

A strong-growing lily which may form a clump of erect stems bearing closely packed whorls of leaves lower down, and with large racemes of nodding, glossy purplish-pink flowers with recurved petals.

Identification difficulty

Usually occurring in small clumps near woodland edges or in coppiced woodland. It is also grown in gardens and may sometimes escape into the wild.

When to see it

Flowering June to August.

Life History

A bulbous perennial herb. The seeds are wind-dispersed but the bulbs may be carried by jays.

UK Status

Occasional and rather local in the wild in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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