Turk's-cap lily

Lilium superbum

[lilium_superbum]

In 1809 Jefferson wrote to Judge William Fleming, a lifelong friend in Richmond, and and thanked him for sending the foliage of the "Alleghany Martagon . . . A plant of so much beauty & fragrance will be a valuable addition to our flower gardens. Should you find your roots of it I shall be very thankful to participate of them, & and will carefully return you a new stock should my part succeed & yours fail." Jefferson also ordered this tall and stately native lily with its reddish-orange flowers from McMahon in 1812.

Adapted from Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello by Edwin M. Betts and Hazlehurst Bottom Perkins; revised and enlarged by Peter J. Hatch.

Growth Type: Bulb Color(s): Orange, Yellow, Red Hardiness Zones: 3 - 7 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed Planting Conditions: Partial Shade

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Blooming Dates 2002: Jul 12 – Jul 232003: Jun 20 – Aug 22004: Jul 12 – Jul 292005: Jul 20 – Aug 162006: Jul 11 – Jul 202007: Jul 6 – Aug 22008: Jul 11 – Jul 252009: Jul 10 – Jul 292010: Jun 28 – Aug 12011: Jul 8 – Jul 292012: Jul 10 – Jul 202013: Jul 13 – Aug 14