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Lilium superbum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand

Height: 4'-6'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: orange, red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts hummingbirds, colonizing, cottage garden plant, edible, naturalizing, pond margin plant, stream margin plant

Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily)
  • Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily)
  • Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily)
  • Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily)
  • Lilium superbum (Turk's cap lily)

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Description

Lilium superbum

Also known as:

Turk's cap lily

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Scientific Synonyms:

Lilium canadense ssp. superbum, Lilium gazarubrum, Lilium mary-henryae

Description

Lilium superbum is the largest and probably most spectacular (superbum) of the native lilies. It may grow to a height of 6' or more and each plant will bear upwards of 20 blooms. The orange to red petals are densely spotted toward the throat.

Cultivation

Native to wet meadows and moist open woods of the Eastern US, Turk's cap lily should be grown in soil that is well drained but consistently moist. Under optimum conditions it will establish large colonies. Mulching is recommended to help keep the root systems moist. Blooms for a month in early to mid-summer. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate by division after flowering. Propagation by seed is trickier and will require cold stratification.

Additional Notes

The recurved, ornate flowers of this lily presumably resemble a type of cap worn by early Turks, hence its common name. The roots are edible and were used in soups and stews by Native Americans.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL, NH
  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Threatened: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Lilium lily
Species Lilium superbum Turk's cap lily