These showy, upside down-looking flowers are always a joy to find.
The flower petals and sepals bend back so that the tips nearly touch.
This completely discloses the stamens.
Michigan Lily flowers from June to August.
They grow from 1 metre to 2.5 metres in height.
I found these plants growing very near Orange Day-lilies. Day-lily is a cultivated plant from Asia. The 2 species are not closely related.
The leaves of Michigan Lily are “whorled” meaning that there are 3 or more leaves around the stem at the same node.
Michigan Lily grows in wet meadows, thickets, borders of streams and forests and in swamps.