Species Lilium, Turk's Cap Lily, Michigan Lily

Lilium michiganense

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lilium (LIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: michiganense (mish-uh-gah-NEN-see) (Info)
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Flower Habit:

(c) Down-facing


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (dark red)


Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Flower Shape:


Bloom Size:

Smaller than than 3" (75 mm)

Color Pattern:



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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Deerfield, Illinois

Detroit, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Nashville, Michigan

North Branch, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Isle, Minnesota

Hudson, New Hampshire

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Graham, North Carolina

Bowling Green, Ohio

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 15, 2017, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I found this growing in the woods in total shade, near a inland Southeast Michigan Lake. It was at least 8 feet tall!


On Jan 17, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Cross-pollination is required for fertile seeds. The large showy flowers appear to be designed to attract hummingbirds and larger day-flying insects, such as Sphinx moths, Hummingbird moths, long-tongued bees, and the larger butterflies. Charles Wilson in Flowers and Insects (1928) observed the Greater Fritillary, Monarch, and Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies as occasional visitors to Lilium superbum, which was probably Lilium michiganense, as the former species doesn't occur near Carlinville, Illinois. Larger herbiovores, such as deer and livestock, will consume mature plants, while immature plants are vulnerable to small herbivores. Small rodents may eat the bulbs.

This is an attractive plant that adapts well to flower gardens. The Michigan Lily can be distinguished from ... read more