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Native Plants Series: Turk's Cap Lily

Turk's Cap Lilies (Lilium superbum) are native throughout the Eastern US. They are a very tall lily (4-6') and can be found in wet meadows and damp woods. They prefer full to filtered sun and humusy (organic-rich) soils that do not dry out. Given the right conditions, they will spread and form a dense colony. The orange flowers bloom in July, attracting hummingbirds.

Here in SC PA, Lilies are a host plant for nine species of moth and butterfly caterpillars and are much loved by the Easter tiger swallowtail. They are also very much enjoyed by deer and small mammals.

These are often, like the orange daylily, INCORRECTLY called tiger lilies.

Sources: USDA, Missouri Botanical Garden, National Wildlife Federation

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