Carolina Lily

Lilium michauxii

Regular price $24.00

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 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.

 State Cost per order
GA, MD, NC, SC, and VA $10.00
AL, CT, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VT, and WV $12.00
AR, FL, IA, LA, ME, MO, MS, NH, and WI $14.00
CO, KS, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, and TX $15.00


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

How long will it take to get my order?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. Most orders ship at the start of the week. Depending on destination, orders placed after Tuesday may be shipped the following week.

Can I get my plants shipped at later date?

Yes, in the shopping cart select the week you would like your order to be shipped on.

What shipping carriers do you use?

USPS Priority Mail and UPS Ground for larger orders.

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.


Unfortunately, due to the perishable nature of plants, they can’t be returned for a refund. If your plants arrive damaged or you are unhappy with them, please let us know straight away.

Can I order over the phone?

Sorry, we're unable to take orders over the phone at this time.

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.