Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Turks Cap Lily

Lilum superbum

I suspect this is the smaller species of L. michauxii because of the fewer blooms on each plant.

Capable of reaching a height of nearly three feet tall, this gentle giant of summer is among the largest members of the Lily Family. With recurved petals colored yellow to orange and bearing reddish-brown spots, this flower can be identified from some distance away, growing on moist roadsides and meadows. Up to 40 flowers have been counted on just one plant of L. superbum, while a similar but smaller species, L. michauxii bears only 1 to 6 flowers per plant. Blooming time for both species begins in July and runs through September. This plant possesses no significant medicinal properties, although early American Indians used the bulbs in soups.

One of the joys of driving the Blue Ridge Parkway each day is watching the ever changing natural beauty. The Dogwood, Mountain Laurel, Azaleas to name a few of the flowering trees and shrubs have been particularly spectacular this year. Perhaps it's because we have had consistent rainfall. Yesterday I came across a stand of these Turks Cap Lilies. The butterflies were an added attraction.

7 Comments:

Blogger threecollie said...

Beautiful!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

Lovely pictures and thoughts!

I've been thinking about you a lot over there on your side of the mountain; have just been able to bring myself to come here after seeing you and hearing about dear Wanda. Come and visit when you can!

11:38 AM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

Thanks 3C

And Leslie, I'll be seeing you soon. I feel a real kinship to all my mountain friends who have been so kind and supportive.

12:36 PM  
Blogger benning said...

Nice flower, but that butterfly is magnificent!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

Wow, you know this photo is worthy of being the frontpage of a magazine! Top photo. Such brilliant light and is practically screaming to me.

Nature is so magnificent :-)

8:01 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

Reading the comments, I agree with them. You do have a way with a camera. I think you may have a new vocation.
Betty G

8:54 AM  
Anonymous russian women said...

This is a paradise for tourists.

5:38 AM  

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