Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)
    Lily Family
    This bright orange lily is one of North America's largest, showiest, and easiest to grow lilies. Dozens of strongly reflexed flowers can dangle from 6’ tall stems. They contain an abundance of nectar and are a particular favorite of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. It is not uncommon to find half a dozen butterflies nectaring on the same plant. Plants should be sited in part sun with moist, humus rich soil near other tall plants for extra support.

    These are 6 year old plants.

    Blooms: Orange, 3-4 weeks, July-Aug
    Leaves: Lance-shaped leaves are arranged in whorls up the stem
    Height: 5-8’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Moist-Avg, rich
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: High pollinator value, butterfly favorite, hummingbirds, moths, long tongue bees
    Seeds: Oblong, lobed pods contain numerous stacked, papery brown seeds
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Zone: 5-8
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, rare in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont
    Provenance: NC, seed grown