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PlantFiles: 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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9 - Species

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Flower Shape:

Bloom Size:
Smaller than than 3" (75 mm)

Color Pattern:


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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa 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.


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

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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