Lilium superbum L. - Turk's Cap Lily


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Lilium superbum - (image 1 of 3)



Family: Liliaceae


Wet meadows and thickets, often of river flood plains.




MA and southeast NH west to MO, south to GA and MS.


Erect, herbaceous perennial to 2.5 m. Main leaves whorled, lanceolate, smooth or somewhat rounded-papillose along the margins. 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, spreading; anthers mostly 1.5-2.5 cm. Fruit a capsule.


Flowers July to August.

Wetland indicator: FACW

Similar to Michigan Lily (L. michiganense) but with smoother leaf margins, longer anthers, and a more eastern distribution.



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 2014