Color: Deep purple
Bloom Time: Summer
Lilium 'Mapira' is a fascinating Asiatic Lily with deep purple, almost black flowers that blend into maroon red at the edges. It is an upright bulbous perennial with compact, erect stems bearing narrowly ovate, spirally-arranged, glossy, dark green leaves.
USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Though lilies look like they'd be fussy plants, they are actually very easy to grow. They're not particular about soil type or pH, and they grow well in full sun, part sun, dappled shade, and even light shade.
Plant lilies as soon as you get them, either in the fall or the spring. Because the bulbs lack the papery covering (known as a "tunic") common to other hardy bulbs, they can dry out quickly in storage.
Even more than other bulbs, lilies demand well-drained soil. Dig the spot where you plan to plant lilies to a depth of at least 12 inches (30 cm), remove rocks and add organic matter, such as leaf mold or peat moss, to improve both the soil's structure and drainage. Like other bulbs, lilies appreciate a little bone meal scratched at the bottom of the planting hole but do not really require other fertilizers at planting time. Instead, wait until the bulbs send up green leaves and then sprinkle a complete organic fertilizer around the plant and water it in.
Spread an organic mulch around Lilies to help keep the soil moist and cool. Use compost, well-rotted manure, or a longer-lasting mulch, such as bark mulch, wood chips, or cocoa shells. See more at How to Grow and Care for Lilies.
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