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Turk's-cap lily

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: 
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2002 Jul 12 to 2002 Jul 232003 Jun 20 to 2003 Aug 22004 Jul 12 to 2004 Jul 292005 Jul 20 to 2005 Aug 162006 Jul 11 to 2006 Jul 202007 Jul 6 to 2007 Aug 22008 Jul 11 to 2008 Jul 252009 Jul 10 to 2009 Jul 292010 Jun 28 to 2010 Aug 12011 Jul 8 to 2011 Jul 292012 Jul 10 to 2012 Jul 202013 Jul 13 to 2013 Aug 142014 Jul 10 to 2014 Jul 302015 Jul 14 to 2015 Aug 10
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