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Lycoris radiata

Lycoris radiata

Common name surprise lily; red spider lily
Family amaryllidaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z7-10)
Flowers red (late summer)
Size 20-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well drained soil

Bright red flowers in late summer, with long spidery stamens and reflexed tepals. The flowers appear on leafless stems as the bulbs emerge from their summer dormancy. Foliage appears in fall after blooming and remains evergreen until it dies back in spring. Bulbs should be planted relatively high, not buried in the soil, for best flowering. They appreciate a relatively dry spot through summer, but require some more moisture during active growth. Forms a deep root system, so they will be set back when disturbed or moved.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: back fence border, foundation border

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