Martagon lilies are a Eurasian group of the genus Lilium comprised of five species: L. martagon, L. hansonii, L. tsingtauense, L. medeoloides, and L. distichum and their hybrids.
Martagons have the largest geographic distribution of any division of the genus Lilium, the five species are closest in “kin” (chromosomal) than any other group of species.
They are only found in the Northern hemisphere in environments characterized by cold winters and short summers. Generally they thrive in deciduous forests, in alpine conditions just above the tree-line and in the alluvial soils of river systems.
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