Lilium Michiganense (Michigan Lily)

Lilium Michiganense Seeds (Michigan Lily Seeds)


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In June and July, the stems are topped with 1-3 bright orange-red pendant Turk's cap-type flowers, to 3" wide.


Lilium michiganense, the Michigan Lily, is native to Missouri, USA. It is an easy-to-grow Lily, typically growing to 2-5' tall, but can grow to 6 or 7 feet under ideal conditions. Stems arise from a scaly bulb. In June and July, the stems are topped with 1-3 bright orange-red pendant Turk's cap-type flowers, to 3" wide, changing to yellow with orange-brown spots near the center. As the bulbs grow larger, each stalk may produce up to five flowers. Plants in cultivation can also have many more than 5 flowers terminating the stem. Leaves average less than 6 inches long, are elliptic to lance-shaped and occur in whorls along the stem. Hardiness zones 4-8, (-32°C/-25°F, -10°C/15°F) in Winter. Grow on in full sun to dappled shade in any good garden soil with adequate drainage. Prefers an acidic, moist, well-drained soil such as a sand-peat moss-loam mix with a gravelly bottom. Water regularly; do not overwater. It can be found mostly in slightly dry, sunny areas.
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Common name Michigan Lily
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Species Lilium michiganense
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Therapeutic uses No
Germination Germination is hypogeal; seed sprouts as a bulb at warm temperatures, requiring a period of cold afterwards to send up its first true leaf. Lily bulbs never go fully dormant, so they must be treated carefully. Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep and keep moist. A ziplock bag placed loosely over each pot will keep moisture in. Place in warm temperature, 70-75°F, for 9-12 weeks. Then place in cold temperatures, in the refrigerator, -4°C to 4°C, for 3 months and back to warm; it will send up its first true leaf in 1-2 weeks. Lily seeds are not difficult to germinate indoors and to grow under lights. The most important requirement for the planting mix is drainage while retaining moisture. Use a combination of sand, soil, vermiculite, perlite and whatever organic matter is at hand to produce a light, airy mix which retains moisture but allows good drainage.

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