The Turk's Cap is one of the loveliest and most graceful of our handsomest native wild flowers. It is sometimes confused with the Meadow Lily, but is a later-blooming, and much taller-growing species, with the parts of its widely spreading bells rolled backward until their tips often lap over the base of the flower. Its flowers are usually more richly coloured, and they blossom more profusely. The tall, and very leafy stalk grows from three to eight feet high from a round bulb, which is borne on a short rootstock composed of thick, white, egg-shaped scales. The numerous long, lance-shaped stemless and toothless leaves taper toward either end, and are three-ribbed and smooth on both sides. Usually those on the lower part of the stalk are arranged in whorls of from three to eight, while the upper ones are close and alternating. From one to forty large, beautiful coloured flowers, varying from orange to orange-yellow, or rarely red, are borne on long, slender, spreading terminal stems, from which they hang and nod with an enticing gesture. The stems usually carry a small green leaflet. The six long, tapering lance-shaped petal parts when deep orange, are variegated with light yellow, especially on the inner side, which has a dash of white with a light green centre at the base. The inside is also spotted with dark purple, the spots, as a rule, occurring on the yellow colouring, and on either side of the green mark within. The six, long, light green stamens are capped with large, rich brown anthers, and are spread conspicuously around the large, club-shaped pistil. They all project bewitchingly beyond the bell of the flower, and add greatly to the charm and attractiveness of this variable Lily. It blossoms from July to August in moist meadows and marshes, from Maine to Ontario and Minnesota, south to North Carolina and Tennessee. It is a less common species than the Meadow Lily, and more majestic and decorative in its habit. It slightly resembles the magnificent Tiger Lily of China and Japan, which sometimes escapes from New England gardens.