About Turk's Cap Lily: Noted botanist Carl Linnaeus first recorded this species in 1762, giving it the species name “superbum” because of its superb beauty. Its common name of “turk’s cap” results from an imagined resemblance to the ornate turbans of the ancient Turks. The largest of the native American lilies, it can be distinguished from Asiatic varieties by a green star in the center of each bloom.
Turk's Cap Lily Germination: In order to germinate, this seed needs a warm moist treatment followed by a cold moist treatment. To accomplish this, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in a sealed plastic bag at 75-80 degrees F for 60-90 days. Make sure the soil is still moist, then place it in the refrigerator for 60-90 days. Plant the seeds outdoors in the spring, or plant several seeds each in peat pots and plant them out in the next season. Keep the soil fairly rich and lightly moist. This plants develo
Growing Turk's Cap Lily Seeds: Keep the soil consistently moist but not wet. Mulch will help conserve moisture and control weeds. This plant may need protection from pests such as deer, rabbits, and slugs. In good growing conditions, this plant often spreads to form a colony. Mature plants can be divided and replanted in the fall. This plant attracts hummingbirds.
Harvesting Turk's Cap Lily: These blooms make excellent cut flowers. Choose stalks with flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the foliage that will fall below the surface of the water.
Saving Turk's Cap Lily Seeds: After blooming, this plant will produce seed pods that eventually split to release papery brown seeds. Watch the pods carefully and gather the seed as soon as it has ripened. Store in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Turk's Cap Lily Info: Origin: US Native Wildflower Other Common Names: American Turkscap Lily, Turban Lily, Swamp Lily Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 48-72 inches Spacing: 15-24 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 4a-9a Seeds Per Oz: 6100 Produces a plant with blade-shaped leaves and 3-4” orange lilies with sharply curved petals.