For those of you interested in more information about the Martagon lilies that I wrote about yestereday, one of the best sources is the North American Lily Society. The society categorizes the different types of lilies into groups according to parentage as well as flower shape. If you want to get technical, martagons are Division 2 lilies which includes hybrids derived from similar species including Lilium hansonii, L. medeoloides, and L. tsingtauense. NALS also sells “Martagon Lilies” by Eugene Fox, a 182-page book that is “the most complete reference on martagons available.”
Martagon 'Claude Shride'/Mark Golbach photo
If you're looking for great pictures of Martagon lilies, check out the North Star Lily Society. This Minnesota group sells a CD-rom containing photos of over 150 species of martagons, along with articles and assorted information. If you grow martagons and take good photos, you may be interested in submitting them to the group for future CDs. (Mark's photos are not on the CD, but all the images you see on this post are his).
The two Martagon lilies that I'm currrently growing — 'Claude Shride' and 'Mrs. R.O. Backhouse' — are both such great plants that they've had me hunting for the most interesting martagons out there. I've been able to locate the plain species and few other interesting looking ones locally at the Flower Factory. As for mail order, I've found them at Brent and Becky Heath, McClure and Zimmerman, Old House Gardens and Plant Delights Nursery.
But now I'm searching further afield which is how I discovered the Lily Nook, one of the few Canadian sources that ships to the U.S. At last look they had around a dozen different martagons for sale with prices ranging from $10 to $50 per bulb. That’s in Canadian dollars and Lily Nook’s Web site notes that credit card payments will be automatically adjusted for exchange rate. There’s also a $10.00 Phytosanitary Certificate charge per order. This certificate is required by the destination country and proves the bulbs have been inspected to be sure they are free of insects and disease.
Not very romantic sounding, but you’ll be sure that those mail-order packages won’t contain any unpleasant surprises — just these gorgeous lilies.