|Reportedly one of the oldest flowers in civilization, it was depicted in Egyptian and Cretian ruins, the madonna lily grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet tall and has white, trumpet-shaped, mid-spring flowers. This shallow-growing bulb develops rosette foliage during winter, much like that of a hosta, and bolts in the spring to present fragrant flowers. Foliage dies away after flowering and becomes dormant until fall. Late summer and early fall are the best times for dividing. Plant bulbs in a sunny location that is well drained, only 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the ground. Tolerant of soil pH, the madonna lily actually thrives in limestone or alkaline soils.