Exotic Looking Native Missouri Wildflower

By Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens

Enjoy a special delight in your garden with the mesmerizing Michigan Lily, Lilium michiganense. Although it looks exotic, Michigan Lily is a native Missouri perennial. Tall stems display this wonder’s fascinating orange-red recurved petals and sepals that bring to mind a type of cap worn by early Turks. The speckled petals and showy extruded stamens add to the distinctive features. Use Michigan Lily as a special specimen plant. Its height makes it an ideal background for other perennials. Use it in native, cottage, cutting, rain, and pollinator gardens. Bulbs are stoloniferous, and with a little babying plants will spread to form stunning, highly coveted colonies.¬†

Plant in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants prefer humusy, moist soils. Plant the bulb 5-6″ deep in the fall. Mulch soil after planting to keep roots cool and to conserve the moisture in the soil. For best results water well while the bulb is getting established, when it is setting up buds and blooming, and during dry spells.

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1011 N Woodlawn
Kirkwood MO 63122