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Carolina Lily

by Steven Case, 2007.
NC Government & Heritage Library.

Sutherland, Zen. 2008. "Carolina Lily - Lilium michauxii."In 2003, the General Assembly designated the Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii) as the official State wildflower (Session Laws, 2003, c. 426).

Named for Andre Michaux, a noted eighteenth century naturalist and explorer, this flower grows throughout the state, from the forests and hills of Cherokee County to the coastal swamplands (pocosins) of Hyde and Pamlico Counties. The stem can grow up to 4 feet high, and can have up to 6 flowers at the summit, though 1-3 are more common. The petals are brilliant red-orange with brown spots, and arched back so that the tips overlap.

The Carolina Lily grows throughout the southeast, from West Virginia to Florida, and can bloom as late as October, though it is most prevalent in July and August.

References and additional resources:

Carolina Lily (USDA, NRCS. 2007. The PLANTS Database (, 18 June 2009). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.)

Image credit: 

Sutherland, Zen. 2008. "Carolina Lily - Lilium michauxii." Online at




These is a beautiful wildflower


wow this flower is amazing :)


Are there any other trees in NC, not the state tree though. I've looked, there is no info on other trees.

Comment response:

Not yet. Based on your request, we've added it to our list of topics to include in the future.

In the meantime, this site might help you:

Good luck in your research,

Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library


love this site i'm using in for a school project


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