- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Perfect For
- Flowering Height
- 80 cm
- Bulb Size
- 14/16 cm
- Oranges & Yellows
- Reds & Burgundy
Lilium Martagon Arabian Knight
Bring some Middle Eastern luxury to your early summer garden with the exquisitely beautiful flowers of Martagon lily ‘Arabian Night’.
These ‘Turk’s cap’ lilies are so called thanks to their highly reflexed petals which curl back on themselves, giving a turban-like appearance. Each tall stem is adorned with 20-30 captivating flowers.
A rich palette of gold and velvet-maroon shades gives this variety an opulent and mysterious look.
Perhaps surprisingly, the plants originate from Swiss mountain meadow regions and therefore thrive in part-shade, able to withstand cold winters and are more than happy to naturalise in the right conditions.
To cultivate lilies, choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil, digging a hole 15cm deep. Plant the bulbs 15-23cm apart, ensuring they sit 15cm below the soil surface. Water the surrounding soil well, maintaining soil moisture until growth emerges. Young shoots may be susceptible to slug damage, so use wildlife-friendly methods such as a top layer of sand to protect emerging growth. Most Lilies can also be grown in pots – ensure containers are deep and have large drainage holes in the base. As the majestic stems ascend, they will reach heights of 45-150cm, depending on variety. Support taller cultivars with stakes as they grow. Use dilute, balanced liquid plant feed every two weeks during the summer. Spray as soon as you notice the bright red lily beetle or their larvae.