Lilium candidum

Madonna lily

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by S & O, copyright GAP Photos (29319)

Plant details

This legendary fragrant lily is known to have been grown since the days of ancient Crete, and yet it is rarely found in the wild. It was the traditional lily of cottage gardens, where it flourished partly because the bulbs were fed well, and also they tended to be tucked in among other plants which shaded them at the base. The bulbs are planted very shallowly and often work themselves almost to the surface without coming to any harm. They are worth a little extra care to ensure a fine stand of the glistening white flowers with their seductive perfume. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Lilium

Species: candidum

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 23cm

Time to divide plants: September to November

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Would like to see planting instructions e.g. basal rooting(shallow planting-2-3" and whether or not likes lime and perhaps that the lilium candidum is not, peat loving,hence lime tolerant.

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