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Lilium superbum

Native Plants

Turk’s Cap Lily

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In the sultry heat of summer, Turk’s cap lily is a magnificent flowering bulb for the shady garden. In late July, upright clusters of reflexed, bell-shaped, orange to red spotted flowers form a stunning candelabra-like arrangement atop 7-10’ tall plants. Turk’s cap lily thrives in acidic, well-drained, loamy soils rich in organic matter. When flowering, this lily is highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds which are frequent visitors in search of the nectar it provides. Turk’s cap lily makes a fine companion with Rhododendron calendulaceum, Spigelia marilandica, Halesia tetraptera, Galax urceolata, Astilbe biternata, Hydrangea arborescens, Trillium erectum, and Phlox paniculata.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan