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Plant Details

Lilium michauxii

Michaux's Lily, Carolina Lily

Scientific Name:

Lilium michauxii

Genus:

Lilium

Species Epithet:

michauxii

Common Name:

Michaux's Lily, Carolina Lily

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry upland forests, ridges, slopes, and ridges (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Carolina Lily is the official wildflower of North Carolina.

Emerging Leaves

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Martha Baskin

Plant

Here is the whorl of leaves that mark this plant. The location is dry, under pine trees, near Pink Ladyslippers.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Budding Plant

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Black Mountain, late Spring
© MB Baumeister

Bud

What a delicate lovely shape.

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Black Mountain, June 2002
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Bloom

It took more than a month from the bud to this bloom!

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Black Mountain, end of July 2002
© MB Baumeister

Bloom from Above

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Black Mountain, end of July 2002
© MB Baumeister

Bloom from Below

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Black Mountain, end of July 2002
© MB Baumeister

Bloom

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Martha Baskin

Seed Pod

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Martha Baskin

Seeds

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Lisa Tompkins

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFloras Plant


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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