Lycoris squamigera
Lycoris squamigera

Lycoris squamigera

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Common Name: Surprise Lily, Naked Lady
Hardiness Zone: 5-9S/10W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Aug
Mature Height: 18-24" Spacing: 6-8"
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Fragrance: Yes
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The pink, trumpet-shaped bloom of Lycoris squamigera makes a real show when it magically appears in late summer. It is nicknamed Naked Lady and Surprise Lily because the flowers appear on sturdy, leafless stems in late summer, after the leaves have withered and disappeared. This flowering bulb makes a perfect companion for Hostas, whose foliage is a great background for the clusters of flowers. Bulbs resent being disturbed and may take a season before they bloom in their new home. Heirloom, 1882.

For more information on the planting and care of Lycoris, click Growing Guide.




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Total Surprise Beauty

Zone 5 ! We are Zone 4 at best ! We bought this home in 2004 from the estate of 102 yr old gardener Grace who died here in 2004. Imagine my surprise when what I thought were Daffodils that didn’t bloom because it was too shady where foliage came up ... shot up lovely flowers in 2011 !!!!! I think we have had blooms 3 times since then ? Foliage comes every spring regardless . I didn’t know what these were or how to care for. Now I know to Mulch the area in fall :-) They are sheltered early morning sun under 70 year old Mugho Pine next to house. Any tips on how to dig up and where is best to replant this far north would be appreciated !

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I divided one clump of my Naked Lady about two months ago and to my surprise it is now blooming. I did not expect it to bloom this year. I will divide the rest after the blooms fade this year and see what happens. I love the lilac pink color that seems to glow and shimmer. This is a lovely plant and the foliage is lovely to fill in bare spots till my summer plants get a good start.

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Perfect partner for foliage plants!

I have a group of these strewn through the center of my Liatris ("Gayfeather"). The Gayfeather comes up first, its purple spikes shooting up in late June-early July. After they've bloomed, I cut the spikes back, but the Gayfeather foliage remains green and lush. When the Lycoris (with no leaves at all) sends up its tall stalks with the gorgeous flowers, they appear to "float" above the green foliage of the Gayfeather, keeping that end of my garden looking quite lovely.

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Pretty Naked Lady

My grandfather had these flowers in his garden.They had multiplied, so my mother gave me a start in the 1980s. We sold that house, but they are still blooming.The blossoms are so pretty and delicate!

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Resurrection Lilies

My parents have a bunch of these planted, mostly in part sun/shade areas (North side of the house; under an old maple tree), and we always referred to them as Resurrection Lilies. I'd say the bulbs have been there 20+ years, and they still flower strongly and reliably.
Very pretty and feminine-looking flower, usually 3 blooms per stalk. The leaves take on the cycle similar to daffodils here in zone 5, both emerging and completely dying back during the spring. Thick flower stalks push up in August, no staking needed.
Low maintenance and very long lived plant. Very slow spreader if it does at all. We don't ever give them any attention, they just show up year after year.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: ly-kor'-iss

Bulb size: 12-14 cm 

We offer two members of this genus, both longtime favorites in the South. The colors are different, but the blooms are similar: Lily-like flowers borne in clusters atop tall, strong stems. Lycoris often take a season to settle in and bloom, but once established, they are durable, long-lived, trouble-free bulbs that produce an unexpected show in late summer and early fall. Like most members of the Amaryllis family, they are resistant to rodents and deer. Bulbs begin shipping in mid-September and should be planted promptly.

CULTURE: Plant the neck of bulbs just below ground surface. Foliage of both species appears in spring and dies off in summer, so allow for that in selecting companions. Plant 3-5 bulbs per sq. ft. in partial shade (L. squamigera can tolerate full sun) and well-drained soil. Bulbs resent transplanting and can take a year to settle in, so it's good to select a permanent home for them.

L. radiata(F930693). Spider Lilies sport gorgeous bright red flowers adorned with long, curling filaments (the source of the "spider" moniker). These bulbs prefer partial shade, especially in hot climates, and well-drained soil. In Zone 6, give them a protected location and mulch heavily in fall. Heirloom, 1750. Reliably hardy from USDA Zones -9s/7-10w. Space 5" apart. 12-18 inches tall. Aug-Sept bloom.

L. squamigera(F930593). This pink, trumpet-shaped bloom makes a real show when it magically appears in late summer. Its many nicknames—Magic Lily, Naked Lady, Surprise Lily, Resurrection Lily—are inspired by the fact that the flowers appear atop sturdy, leafless stems, long after the leaves have withered and disappeared. Superb with Hostas, whose foliage is a great background for the clusters of flowers. Heirloom, 1882. Hardy in Zones 5-9S/5-10W, although heavily-mulched plants have survived in colder zones. Space 6" apart. 18-24 inches tall. Aug bloom.