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Turk's-Cap Lily, American Turkscap Lily
Lilium superbum

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: superbum (soo-PER-bum) (Info)
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Division:

9 - Species

Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:

Orange

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:

Recurved

Bloom Size:

Smaller than than 3" (75 mm)

Color Pattern:

Spotted

Papillae

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

By dividing the bulb's scales

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Tallahassee, Florida

Waukegan, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Belleville, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Ringoes, New Jersey

Black Mountain, North Carolina

Brevard, North Carolina

Clyde, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Tidioute, Pennsylvania

Delano, Tennessee

Viola, Tennessee

Deer Park, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 28, 2002, Baa wrote:

A very tall species of Lily native to Eastern USA.

Has linear to lance shaped, mid to deep green borne in whorls on stems mottled with greenish purple. Bears pendant, turkscap (strongly recurved petals), reddish orange, unscented flowers, spotted with purple.

Flowers July - September

Loves moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or light shade. Will form a large clump where happy.