Lycoris radiata

Lycoris radiata

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.

Cultivation Notes

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,

Inter-planted with the Allium ‘Ambassador’ and Allium ‘White Giant’ between the two Echiums.

We acquired this plant from Brent and Beckys.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Lycoris

Species: radiata

Commonly known as: Spider or Hurricane Lily

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn10 - down to 32

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