The Turk’s-cap lily (Lilium superbum) is the largest native North American lily, and ours is just beginning to bloom. It’s now 7 feet tall with three separate stalks, five blossoms and about twenty buds.
While waiting for the blooms, I’ve been enjoying the whorled leaves that encircle the stalk at close intervals.
However, it’s the beautiful blossoms that attract oohs and aahs, as well as hummingbirds, sphinx moths, and swallowtail butterflies.
It took five years before it first bloomed in 2011, and the number of stalks and blooms has increased steadily since then. I look forward to keeping an eye on it these next few weeks, and seeing what visitors it attracts.