Flower Description: This is the lily that ties all of the martagons, L. hansonii, and L. tsingtauense together. Bred from crossing the martagon hybrid 'Dalhansonii', the offspring of L. martagon and L. hansonii, with L. tsingtauense, this three species cross was we feel the crowning glory of the martagon breeding work of Ed Robinson. Originally released under the name 'Tinson' in 1972, it was re-registered under the name 'Orange Marmalade' in 1994.
'Orange Marmalade' carries the familiar downfacing pendant type flowers of L. martagon and L. hansonii, but proudly sports the orange coloration of it's mother L. tsingtauense. A real "doer" in the garden, we have had this lily in our gardens since the early 80's and always find it to be a bright jewel to look forward to every summer. Growing usually to about 3 feet once established, 'Orange Marmalade' can easily hit 4 feet. As with it's parents, our butterflies love it. June flowering. Light Fragrance.
Martagon lilies are classic choices for old style gardens. Perfect for the edge of treed woodlots, but as with all bulbs in such areas, protect from tunneling moles, gophers, etc., using wire cages or raised planters with hardware cloth stapled to the bottom as a barrier.
More difficult to establish than our Asiatic, Trumpet or Oriental lilies, our Martagon lilies are guaranteed to be healthy and true-to-name, but not for failure to grow. May take an additional season before blooming and conditions need to be more exacting. Martagons pout when they are moved and need to settle back in to their new homes. Provide perfect drainage, rocky soil is fine, and don't over water the bulbs during summer while they are in dormancy. Bulbs resent transplanting and could rot during a cold, wet winter/spring or during the summer, if you add any moisture retentive materials to the soil around the bulb itself. Under no circumstances use peat for L. martagon or its hybrids, but leaf mold and/or compost as a top dressing in the fall is desirable.
Classification: Martagon Hybrid Lily (USDA Zones 3-10, lows to -40° F.)