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Lilium michiganense

Michigan lily, Turk's cap lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)
Smith, R.W.
Michigan lily or turk’s cap lily is a 2-5 ft., single-stemmed perennial with sword-like leaves arranged in whorls. The stem often branches at the tip to form additional flower stalks. Orange flowers, up to 3 in. across, have petals that curve backward – almost to the base of the flower. Dark spots mark the inner surface of the six petals.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , MI , MN , MS , MO , NE , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , TN , WI
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: S.e. NH to WI, s. to FL, AL & AR
Native Habitat: Wet meadows; low ground

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Deep, fertile, moist, cool soil.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2012-12-07