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American Tiger Lily

Lilium superbum


Common names include, Turk's cap lily,[1] turban lily, swamp lily or American tiger lily.[ Lilium superbum grows from 3–7 feet (0.91–2.1 m) high, with typically 3 to 7 blooms, but exceptional specimens have been observed with up to 40 flowers on each stem.[2] It is capable of growing in wet conditions.[4] It is fairly variable in size, form, and color.[2] The color is known to range from a deep yellow to orange to a reddish-orange "flame" coloring, with reddish petal tips.[2] The flowers have a green star at their center that can be used to distinguish L. superbum from the Asiatic "tigerlilies" that frequently escape from cultivation.[3]


Lilium superbum is a species of true lily native to the eastern and central regions of North America.[1][2][3] The species is native from New Hampshire south to Florida, and west to Missouri and Arkansas.[1]


The roots were a food source for Native Americans, and the flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds and larger insects.[5][6] Spotted along the trail to Blue Hole and High Shoals Falls in the Cohutta National Forest, Hiawassee, GA

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 25, 2010
Submitted on Jan 29, 2013

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