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One of our native Lilies, Turk's Cap lily make a spectacular showing in the Garden. I have heard it can have 40-50 blossoms on it a one time. I personally have had 21 blossoms on  one plant in my garden.

Turk's cap lily grows four to eight feet. The orange flowers are pendulant and the petals are curved backwards. The flowers are green at the base then yellow, then bright orange with dark orange spots covering the flowers

Turks cap lily naturally grows in wet meadows and the edges of swamps but will tolerate moist garden soil. It can grows in sun to part-sun . I have seen it in the shade and it did not grow as tall.

Hummingbirds use turk's cap lily as a source of nectar. Long tongued bees, Large butterflies and Sphinx moths will also use this plant. Unfortunately for the plant deer like to browse on it's leaves and stems.

Propagation of turk's cap lily is easiest form bulb division. You can remove daughter bulb off sets from the main plant. You can also propagate the plant from bulb scales. In the fall dig the bulb remove some scales. (The are the outer tooth shaped parts of the bulb.) Put them pointed side up into a Soil-less mix in a pot or flat. I use a standard 11" X 22" drained flat. Cover them with 1/4 inch of soil. I leave the flats out all winter in a sheltered area that gets rain. It the spring you will see the leaves. Lightly fertilize through out the growing season. Transplant in August in to larger pots for growing on or into the garden. You can plant the seed too. The seeds are ready for harvest usually in September. You will need to leave them in flats for two to three years to get to size to put them into the pots or garden.

Lilium superbum - Turk's cap lily

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  • -Naturally grows in wet areas

    -Produces a multitude of bright orange blossoms

    -Humming birds, butterflies and moths use Turk's cap lily as a source of nectar

    -Interesting orange flowers

    -Height: 3 to 8 feet

    -Zone: 4 to 9

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