• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lilium martagon var. album (IXc/d)

White Turk's cap lily

White Turk's cap lily

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  • Other common names White Turk's cap lily

  • Synonyms Lilium martagon 'Album'

  • Genus Lilium are bulbous perennials with erect stems bearing whorled or spirally arranged leaves and terminal racemes or umbels of bowl-shaped, trumpet-shaped, funnel-shaped or turk's cap shaped flowers, often fragrant, and white, yellow, orange or red

  • Family Liliaceae / Liliaceae

  • Species L. martagon var. album is a vigorous bulbous perennial to 2m in height, with whorled leaves and racemes of up to 40 pure white turkscap flowers each 5cm in width

  • Plant range Eurasia


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Fragrance Flower



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained soil enriched with leaf mould or well-rotted organic matter. Very vigorous species

Propagation Propagate by seed sown, when ripe, in containers in a cold frame or separate offsets after the foliage dies down

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Red lily beetle, aphids, slugs and wireworms may be a problem

Diseases grey moulds and a virus may cause problems. See lily diseases

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