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Guinea Gold Martagon Lily
Guinea Gold Martagon Lily

Guinea Gold Martagon Lily

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Guinea Gold has charming caramel colored flowers, speckled with cinnamon. It has the classic Martagon candelabra form with small nodding turk's cap flowers and whorled leaves. Interesting pink buds. This lily is somewhat reminiscent of the old Mrs. R.A. Backhouse, which is now extinct in commercial distribution. Guinea Gold was derived from L. martagon crossed with various Asian native species, such as L. Hansonii. Quite shade tolerant, tall and very floriferous. Martagons are apt to wait until the second season in the ground to emerge. 16-18 cm bulb size.

Botanical name: Lilium martagon 'Guinea Gold' 
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Flower Color: Caramel, dark spots
Foliage Type: Linear, green leaves arranged in whorls or spirals up the stems
Bloom time: June
Height: 4-5 ft 
Spread: 12 inches
Light requirements: Filtered sun 
Plant depth: 6 inches of soil over top of bulb 

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Tips and Growing Instructions

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Lilium martagon thrives in sub-alpine meadows, woods or scrubs up to 7,000 feet above sea level and tolerates all soils, though it prefers neutral to alkaline conditions. They are incredibly easy to grow and few garden pests trouble them. Like most lilies, martagons need good drainage, so plant on sloping ground. Unlike true lilies, however, it’s a good idea to place martagons in a somewhat shady location with dappled sunlight - in the wild, they are only found in dappled sunlight at the edges of meadows.

Prepare the soil with large amounts of organic matter and humus. Martagon lilies can do well in just about any type of soil, provided that some lime is added yearly to the soil. The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulb is tall. Plant with the roots downward and the scales upward. After planting, water well two or three times. Lilies are most effective when planted in groups of three or more. Because martagons grow slower than other lilies, you can plant bulbs a bit closer together - about 8-12 inches apart.

Always allow the leaves on the stalk to turn yellow and fall off as part of the lily’s natural growth process. This ensures that the bulbous underground part of the plant has gotten enough nourishment and will mean greater growth next year. Each year watch their beauty increase as they multiply!


Sorry, we do not ship outside the U.S. or to Hawaii due to agricultural restrictions.

We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs in mid-February through Spring. Despite what you may have heard, Spring planting of bulbs is not a bad thing, and in fact, there are many advantages to planting in Spring. Visit our Spring Planting page to learn more. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

If you have any questions or concerns our customer service team would be glad to help you at any time. Please use our contact form, email us at, or call us at 541-671-3196.

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Paula R.
United States United States

Big healthy bulbs!

Just potted up my Martagon lily bulbs and each one was plump and raring to go! The Lily Pad Bulb Farm never disappoints! Thank you for such fantastic lily bulbs.

Jordyce B.
United States United States

To cold and wet to plant

It's been to cold and raining to get them planted. They arrived when it was very cold out. The bulbs are still in my cold storage.

Deborah N.
United States United States

Bloomed same season!

This was my first attempt at martagon lilies and from all I read, it seemed that they would not bloom the first year. However, all the marathon bulbs I bought from you bloomed within a couple of months! They were very sturdy plants and the blossoms were wonderful. I planted in partial shade and they are thriving. Thanks so much!

Terry E.
United States United States

Martagon lilies

I received my 'Guinea Gold, and 'Manitoba Morning' in good time. I was really pleased with the size of the bulbs; they should do very well.