I have just received some lilies that I think are Turks Caps from a friend....

Asked August 20, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

I have just received some lilies that I think are Turks Caps from a friend. They have sort of a tap root not a bulb or risome. She also gave me a bag of seeds that grow on the stems. How do I plant them? Cam the root be curved when it is planted or do I have to have a hole as deep as the root is long? Sun, part shade or shade? Thanks. Gita

Stearns County Minnesota lilies

1 Response

Turks Cap is a native plant that prefers a moister soil. It is tall and often falls over if not supported. In the wild it usually leans against it's neighbors but often needs staking in our gardens.

You can gently curve the root but be sure to plant it as deeply as it had been planted when dug up. The seeds may or may not work for you but it's worth trying!
here's a link that will tell you about this lovely plant:
http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/savanna/plants/turkcap_lily.htm

I hope this is helpful. Please contact AaE again if you have further questions.