Carolina Lily

Lilium michauxii

Regular price $25

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Next crop ready:
Spring 2022

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 Cost per order
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $14
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $16
CO, NE, ND, and SD $18


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.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?

Sorry, all plants are shipped within 8 days of placing an order.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions 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 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel my order?

If you cancel an order and the plants have been pulled and prepared for packing and shipping, there is a 15% restocking fee.

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.