Carolina Lily

Lilium michauxii

Regular price $25

Container size:
3 in. wide x 4 in. deep / 16 fl. oz.

Lilium michauxii or Carolina Lily is a summer-blooming native lily with orange-spotted petals that curve upward and darken to red towards the tips.

  • Fragrant flowers
  • Attracts swallowtail butterflies
  • The official wildflower of North Carolina


  • 12 to 18 inches tall
  • 8 inches wide
  • Perennial bulb, often dying back after flowering and emerging the following spring
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering starts in July and lasts two to three weeks.

How to grow

Carolina Lily requires well-drained soil to thrive and can tolerate periodic drought. Planting in wet soil will cause the bulbs to rot. Plant in dappled shade or morning sun to promote strong growth and blooms.

Care and maintenance

Protect from deer, rabbits, and voles. Try to keep larger and more vigorous plants from shading and competing with it.

Where to plant

At the front of east-facing borders to capture the morning sun.

When to plant

Spring and fall are the best times to get Carolina Lily established.


Around 12 inches apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Bulbs are flowering size, though they may need to acclimatize to their new home and will probably bloom the following year after planting.

Native habitat and range

Dry, upland forests, and slopes from southern Virginia and eastern Tennessee into northern Alabama, central Mississippi, and northern Florida.

Source and origin

All plants are grown from division off a single plant we rescued from a road-widening project in Jones County, North Carolina.

States Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $16 $18 $20
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $18 $20 $22
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $20 $22 $24
CO, NE, ND, and SD $22 $24 $26


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.

Is it okay to plant in the winter?

Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.

What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?

Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 20% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.