Turk's-cap Lily Lilium superbum Linnaeus  

Status:

Turk's-cap Lily is native to eastern North America. Look for it in wet meadows and along streams, especially in the mountains and the Eastern Shore, in our region (J. Hill/MNPS).

Description:

The tallest and most spectacular of the American lilies, generally reaching 4-6'. The sepals and petals are strongly swept back (reflexed). The petals are spotted with purple. Inside the flower, green streaks at the base of each petal form a central star, which distinguishes this species from escaped, cultivated, Asiatic "tigerlilies." The stamens of Turk's-cap project from the flower, and the anthers are long, dark, and conspicuous. The flowers are arranged in a loose inflorescence atop an upright stem. They bloom early to mid-summer. The leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem (J. Hill/MNPS). Compare non-native Tiger Lily.

There are 132 records in the project database.

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Turk's-cap Lily blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/18/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Turk's-cap Lily blooming in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/20/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/18/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/12/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily found blooming in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Turk's-cap Lily in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/8/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Talbot Co., Maryland (7/13/2013). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/31/2005). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/25/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Gary Van Velsir. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Gary Van Velsir. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/16/2006). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily blooming in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/27/2015). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily blooming in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

A Turk's-cap Lily blooming in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/25/2013). Photo by Sean McCandless. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/10/2011). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily blooming in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/19/2015). Note the Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) taking nectar at one of the flowers. Photo by Rose Anderson. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/24/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/19/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/24/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/27/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/24/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Talbot Co., Maryland (7/28/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (7/27/2014). Photo by Patty Craig. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (7/27/2014). Photo by Patty Craig. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily growing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/19/2015). Photo by Rose Anderson. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Gary Van Velsir. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/17/2015). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/27/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A Turk's-cap Lily in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/4/2017). Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in fruit in Howard Co., Maryland (10/16/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily (seed capsules) in Howard Co., Maryland (9/19/1981). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Cecil Co., Maryland (10/30/2016). Photo by John Hall. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/21/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Turk's-cap Lily (past) on a snowy day in Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/8/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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