Lycoris radiata is a bulbous perennial that flowers before the leaves fully appear. Scapes are about 12–18 in tall. The leaves are parallel-sided, ¼” wide with a pale central stripe. The red flowers are arranged in umbels. Individual flowers are irregular, with narrow segments which curve backwards and long projecting stamens.
They often wait for the first rains of fall before blooming, but ours did receive some watering earlier and so are in bloom before the first significant rain of the season. Flowers fade from a deep red to pink.
Pronunciation: LY-kor-iss rad-ee-AY-tuh
Species Meaning: Spreading rays
Lycoris radiata is native to China, Korea, and Nepal.
They are not frost hardy and require lots of summer warmth to harden them off. We will have to see how they do in later years, because we do not get a lot of heat. Bulbs should be stored dry and at 45-55F over winter, which is also not going to happen, although we do have very free draining soil.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21017
Found in Garden of the Giants,
We acquired this plant from Brent and Beckys.