TEMPERAMENTAL: The Madonna lily
can be infuriatingly difficult to handle
ATHE Madonna Lily
(Lillium Candidum) is a stunning white plant with trumpet- shape flowers.
Dig out a hole deep enough for the bulb to be covered by at least four inches of soil - except in the case of the Madonna Lily
(Lilium candidum) which should have the top of the bulb almost level with the surface of the soil.
SQUEEZE a few Madonna lily
bulbs between clumps of lavender and roses.
The name originates from the Greek leirion, a term applied to the madonna lily
, Lilium candidum, which comes from the Mediterranean area and produces a sweet-scented cluster of pure white trumpet flowers on stems from 90cm-180cm tall (3ft-6ft), depending on soil and conditions.
The main exception, and there always has to be an exception, is the Madonna lily
, L candidum, the cottage garden favourite.