Lilium superbum

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Lilium superbum, Linn. American Turk's-cap Lilt. Swamp Lily. Bulbs rhizomatous, borne an inch or two apart on stout rhizomes, globular or nearly so, 1-2 in. diam., white, often tinged red or pink; scales small, thick, sometimes jointed: st. stout, smooth, 3-8 ft. high, green, sometimes tinged purple, usually bare of leaves for 5-6 in. above the surface: leaves horizontal, 2-5 in. long, 1/2 - 3/4 in. wide, usually in 3 or 4 whorls of 4-10 leaves each, with a few scattered ones above: flowers 1-40, 3-4 in. diam., with segms. reflexed to the st., of a brilliant orange-scarlet, shaded yellow and spotted purplish brown at the base; anthers red. Late July to early Sept. New Bruns. to Ont.—The most magnificent and showy of native North American species, well worthy of extensive cultured It is considerably variable and there are intermediate forms between L. superbum and L. canadense. CH

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