- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb Size: 10+
Native to Swiss mountain meadows, this lily is easily grown in Britain. In June and July, tall stems play host to numerous small, purple, spotted turkscap lilies above whorls of dark green leaves. The flowers are highly scented, although it's not the most pleasant smell. This lily does best among shrubs or in woodland where it should be left to naturalise.
The RSPCA have reported that all parts of lilies can be fatal to cats, including the flower, leaves and pollen. For more information visit Rspca.org
- Garden care: Lilies are best planted in the autumn, when the bulbs are still plump, but they can still be planted in spring. Between August and March choose a sunny spot where the plant can keep its feet in the shade. Plant 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in a well-drained soil, enriched with well-rotted organic matter or leaf mould, using a marker to minimise any unnecessary disturbance. Stake with ring stakes or bamboo canes in spring before the flowers appear. Deadhead the faded blooms and cut the stems back to ground level at the end of autumn.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs