Michigan Lily

Lilium michiganense

One of the finest native lilies, Michigan Lily is known for its gorgeous orange flowers in midsummer. Several nodding blooms with strongly recurved petals hang downward from stalks, 3' –  6' high, that spread upward and outward. Occuring naturally in wet meadows, low prairies, and woodland edges …

More Detail
Plants 4" Pots
1-4 $7.99 ea.
5-10 $6.99 ea.
11-31 $5.99 ea.
32+ $4.99 ea.
Availability: In stock
SKU
35440-04
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist, Wet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 3' - 6'
Bloom Color Orange
Bloom Time June, July
Spacing 2'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6
Root Type Bulb
Benefits Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds

One of the finest native lilies, Michigan Lily is known for its gorgeous orange and yellow flowers in midsummer. Several nodding blooms with strongly recurved petals hang downward from stalks, 3' –  6' high, that spread upward and outward. Occuring naturally in wet meadows, low prairies, and woodland edges, Michigan Lily does best in mostly sunny sites with rich, damp soil. A consistently moist setting is ideal, so avoid letting the soil dry out.

Michigan Lily closely resembles the native Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum), but they are different species. A key difference can be found in the way the flower stems branch off of the main stalk. The flower stems of L.michiganense branch out from the top of the main stalk, forming a spray of flowers at the top. The angle of the stems is very upward. The flower stems of L.superbum branch off of the upper 1/3 of the main stalk, and the stems angle only slightly upward as they rotate around the stalk. Their native ranges differ, as well, with the range of Michigan Lily being the more northerly of the two.