Lilium superbum

Turk's Cap Lily

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Item #: 2696

Zones: 5a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 84" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Regular price $29.00
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Next crop available: 04/18/2025

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We are pleased to offer nursery-propagated plants of the rarely available, North American native turks cap lily. Lilium superbum, which ranges from New Hampshire south to Louisiana, is usually native to wet meadows as well as sandy acidic woodland swamps. In the garden, we find moist, well-drained soils to be perfect. The whorled-leaf stalks emerge from the stoloniferous bulbs and shoot upward in spring, topping out at 6-7' in height. In mid-summer, the stalks are topped with a show of 3-4" wide, pendent orange flowers with a green eye. The flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds and an array of moths and butterflies.


When planted in the proper garden location, it should be a maintenance-free perennial, that doesn't require staking or any other care.

Growing Conditions:

Wet to slightly moist soils are fine. While it will tolerate dry soils, they will not do so over a long period. They will be subject to deer browse, so keep them inside a deer fence or use repellents if deer are a problem in your garden.

Garden Value:

This amazing native lily has a high garden value, both for its height as well as its show of graceful flowers. They add a eye-level or taller floral show in the woodland garden, which is very hard to achieve with other perennials.

Natural Impact:

Turk's cap lilies make great pollinator plants, bringing in a variety of hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths.