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Turk's Cap Lily

Botanical Name
Lilium superbum
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
8
Height
6 to 9 feet
Width
6 to 12 inches
Flowers
Summer: reflexed petals of mauve, pink, burgundy, yellow-orange, yellow or white, often freckled
Light
Sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Plant lily bulbs in fall
  • Plant bulbs at a depth two to three times their length and space at least three times their width apart
  • Use a minimum planting depth for those planted in clay soil, the deeper the bulb is planted, the greater the risk of bulb rot
  • Add organic matter to heavy clay soil to improve drainage
  • Purchase and plant precooled bulbs in the spring as soon as the soil is workable
  • Lilies are also sold as plants during the growing season and can be planted whenever available
  • Mulch the soil to keep lily roots cool and moist
  • Avoid overwatering, especially in clay soil, this can lead to root rot
  • Apply a winter mulch after the ground freezes for added insulation and for help in getting the bulbs through challenging winters
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Alba - white, 4 to 6 feet
  • Early Bird - orange-gold, 4 to 6 feet
  • Claude Shide - dark red, 4 to 5 feet

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