Lilium michauxii 

Carolina lily or Turk’s Cap

Names and Myths

Lilium Ancient name

Michauxii for its discoverer Andre Michaux 1746-1802

Natural history / Folklore

Michaux spent from 1785 to 1796 exploring North America from Florida to Hudson's Bay, and west to the Mississippi. Asa Gray credited Michaux with laying the foundations of the North American sylva.2


One to three flowers in dry oak woods. Note L. superbum also called Turk's Cap has a greater number of flowers per stem and is found on wetter sites.12

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