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Prairies, moist woodlands, calcareous fens. Also the thickets at prairie edges.
Western NY west to MN and SD, south to TN and AK.
Erect, herbaceous perennial to 6' high. Leaves lanceolate, in whorls of 4-10, to 5" long. Stems glabrous. Flowers orange-red with darker spots, nodding; perianth segments strongly recurved, almost to the floral tube; petals and sepals 3, similar; stamens 6, anthers 0.5-1.5 cm. Fruit a capsule.
Flowers mid June to early August.
Wetland indicator: FACW
Similar to Turk's-cap Lily (L. superbum) but with more scabrous leaf margins, shorter anthers, and a more western distribution. Lilium michiganense is more likely to be found in and around fens, whereas L. superbum is more typical of river flood plains.
Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY.
Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.
Michael Hough © 2005