Lilium superbum
turks cap lily

Lilium superbum
Lilium superbum
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Lilium superbum
Common name: turks cap lily
Group: monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 3 - 8'
Foliage: Lance shaped leaves, entire, and  in whorls.
Flower: Nodding orange-red flowers; petals and sepals curl backward nearly touching; green star at center of flower, 2 - 4" wide
Flowering time: early July to late July
Habitat: swamps and low grounds from the Hackensack meadows
Range in New Jersey: throughout the Middle, Pine Barren and Cape May districts; some counties in northern Jersey.
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Witmer Stone describes L. superbum as "the lily of southern New Jersey and one of the showiest summer wild flowers. In the Pine Barren swamps it is often only two or three feet high with a single flower, while in the richer ground of West Jersey it attains twice this size and bears a great pyramid of blossoms, sometimes twenty to thirty on a single stalk" (346). superbum, superb