lilium martagon  


Lilium martagon (Martagon lily) extends from central Europe east through northern Asia to Mongolia and Korea. Several subspecies have been named. The plant grows between 1 m and 2 m tall and the flower colour is typically a pink-purple, with dark spots, but is quite variable, extending from near white to near black. The flowers are scented. Numerous flowers are borne on a plant, and up to 50 can be found on vigorous plants.  Some of the Lilium martagon flowers on the Mallnitzer Tauern are eaten by deer or cattle.


Lilium martagon is fairly common in moist subalpine meadows in the Alps. The white flower in the picture to the left is Thalictrum aquilegifolium.