Turks Cap Lily Wildflower - Lilium superbum by MotherNature

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These gorgeous wildflowers grow in bright patches with showy, spotted, orange blooms much appreciated by butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The plants are tall – about 6 feet – and each has a single stem with many flowers. Little black bulbs grow where leaves meet the stem, and these fall to the ground starting another generation.

Turk’s Caps are perennial plants preferring rich, moist soil and partial sun. They grow from bulbs that do form bulblets which grow into new lily plants.

In our woods the lilies bloom in July nudging into the early part of August. This picture was taken July 18, 2011, in Green Lane, PA, USA.

This is our largest wild lily east of the Rocky Mountains with a variable range. They seem to do well when planted in gardens if conditions are right and good support for the tall stems is available (and you don’t have foraging deer that eat everything to the ground).

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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    Thank you very, very much, lanadi, for making this a favorite! I’m pleased you like it:>)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    How lovely to see these in the wild.

  • They grow happily along the edge of the woods. The deer eat them almost as quickly as they grow so, in an effort to save them, I use Liquid Fence. This is harmless to the animals and the environment in general but STINKS while wet. If you like the smell of rotten eggs, you’ll love the smell of this stuff, but it works and we get to see flowers:>). They reseed themselves like crazy:>)

    – MotherNature

  • lorilee
    lorilee9 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thank you so very much, Lorilee! What lovely news!

    – MotherNature

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 1 month ago

    What a lovely surprise! Thanks to the buyer of these cards:>)

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 month ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of our
    “Lilies Only” challenge in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • This is wonderful! A TOP 10 place is exciting and I thank everyone who voted for this image:>)

    – MotherNature

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