One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian lily that has small purple flowers said to resemble turbans.Also called "Turk's cap lily"
- ‘The Martagon Lily offers a candelabrum of up to 25 blooms.’
- ‘For later, there are martagon lilies and Lancifolium, and in the autumn Cyclamen hederifolium cannot be bettered in flower and leaf.’
- ‘In damp places, look out for the beautiful tall, pink Martagon lily with its maroon spots.’
- ‘As for spacing, tough plants like The Leopard Lily, Tiger Lily, and Martagon Lily will quickly make the area their own.’
- ‘I've decided to try to plant Martagon Lily bulbs this fall. I have a great woodland, shaded area in my garden that needs some color and some height.’
Late Middle English (as mortagon): from medieval Latin martagon, of uncertain origin; cf. Ottoman Turkish martagān, denoting a kind of turban.
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