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Michigan Lily
Lilium michiganense

a.k.a. Turk's Cap Lily

Michigan Lily looks similar to Tiger Lily but it has differently-shaped leaves and its petals curve backwards dramatically. It prefers sunny sites and medium to wet soil. Good as a border plant or along shorelines.

USDA symbol: LIMI9

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height4 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorOrange
Michigan Lily (Michigan Lily<div><em class="small">Lilium michiganense</em></div>)
Photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience4
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsJune to August
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeSandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands