Plants We Love: Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)


We love Turk's Cap Lily.


Common name: Turk’s cap lily, turban lily, swamp lily

Botanical name:
Lilium superbum

Virtues: Large, bright flowers with a distinctive shape. Blooms for about a month during the summer.

Flowers: The single main stem is topped with groups of 4-inch-wide flowers. Flowers are orange with dark spots. They face downward, with 6 tepals that curve sharply back and long dark stamens that extend below. The center of the flower has a green star.


Habit:
Unbranched perennial to 7 feet tall. Grows from a bulb.

Season: Early- through midsummer

Origin: Wet meadows, swamps and woods of southern New England south to Alabama and Georgia.

Cultivation: Grow in full to part sun, in rich, moist soil. Once established it will tolerate some drought. May require staking. USDA Zones 4–7.

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