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PlantFiles: Carolina Lily
Lilium michauxii

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: michauxii (miss-SHOW-ee-eye) (Info)

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4 - American hybrids

Flower Habit:
(c) Down-facing

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Flower Shape:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:
Unknown - Tell us

Color Pattern:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive furbysmom On Aug 16, 2013, furbysmom from Anniston, AL wrote:

I just found this plant growing close to my house. I think it is beautiful and will continue to monitor the place in the future. I sure hope it multiplies!

Positive MtCuba_Gardener On Oct 18, 2005, MtCuba_Gardener from Wilmington, DE wrote:

I grow Lilium michauxii at Mt. Cuba Center in Greenville, DE and it does well. It is the only native Lily I know that has an intense fragrance much like Viola odorata. It grows in rich, well-drained soil at a pH of 5.8. The flowers vary from one to up to five per stalk. The bloom period is before, and ends just as, Lilium superbum starts. In July, I crossed L. michauxii with L. superbum and have just harvested 200 viable seeds. I will not know what the flowers will be like for another 3-5 years. It is a lovely plant well worth any effort.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Wilmington, Delaware
Merryville, Louisiana
Gastonia, North Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina

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