Lilium superbum

Common Names: American tiger lily, Turk's cap lily, turban lily, swamp lily, lily royal
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Lily family

A species of true lily native to the eastern and central regions of North America. Grows from 0.91 to 2.13 m high with typically three to seven blooms, but exceptional specimens have been observed with up to 40 flowers on each stem. It is fairly variable in size, form, and color. The color is known to range from a deep yellow to orange to a reddish-orange "flame" coloring with reddish petal tips. 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.

In Connecticut they are most commonly seen in flower gardens and landscaping in residential areas.

Primary Flower Color: Red/Orange
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: The roots were a food source for Native Americans. No information at this time on preparation methods.
Warnings: Cats are extremely sensitive to lily toxicity and ingestion is often fatal.