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Lilium michiganense (Michigan Lily)

Michigan Lily, Turk's Cap Lily


Native to northern and central North America, Lilium michiganense (Michigan Lily) is an incredibly graceful species with slender stems clad with lance-shaped leaves arranged in whorls. In early to mid summer, orange-red flowers, 3 in. wide (7 cm), resembling Turk's cap Lilies appear at the top of the stems and last about 1 month. Downward facing and strongly reflexed, they are covered with purple speckles, giving them the appearance of the skin of a tiger. They are commonly visited by butterflies and hummingbirds. Michigan Lily is amazingly decorative and quite prolific as mature bulbs can produce up to 8 blossoms per stem. This Lily is stoloniferous, and will spread slowly in the garden.

  • Grows up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm). Michigan Lily naturalizes well and comes back year after year. Wet soil tolerant.
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils.
  • An excellent border plant providing striking color and contrast. Great for cottage gardens, prairies and meadows, rain gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Plant bulbs 5-6 in. deep (12-15 cm) and 12-18 in. apart (30-45 cm) in fall. Plant in groups of 3 bulbs at a minimum for a striking display! When flowering is over, cut back leaves and stems after they turn yellow.
  • Toxic to cats (though not for dogs or any known species)
  • Cultivation from seed is slow and difficult, while cultivation from bulbs or transplants is somewhat faster and easier.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Lilium - Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Depth 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Lilium - Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" – 18" (37cm – 45cm)
Depth 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Southwest, Oklahoma
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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