What flower is that?

Turks Cap Lily--plant Turks Cap Lily blossom

Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2017

The mystery plant for August is currently in bloom as this clue is written.
This six to seven feet tall plant with its bright orange flowers stands out among all others wherever it grows.

It can grow up to 7 or 8 feet tall.  The flowers are orange with dark spots.  They have six long and recurved spotted tepals (when petals and sepals look alike they are referred to as tepals).  The leaves are lance shaped and grow in whorls around the stem.  This plant can be found in the open sun or in shade, sometimes, but not always bordering ponds or wet areas.

According to FNA it is the largest plant of its genus east of the Rocky Mountains and the commonest over most of its range.  It blooms from  July through August.

 

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Lilium superbum
Common Name:
  Turks Cap Lily
Family:
  Liliaceae  (Lily Family)
Habitat:
  Edges of wetlands or open sunny meadows

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