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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Sep 3, 2015 4:35 PM CST
I have plants left by a previous owner and I'm unsure if they are Lycoris or Nerines.

Here are a few photos:
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They do not send out leaves in the spring if that helps, so I believe them to be Nerines.

Thanks for your help!
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Sep 3, 2015 5:06 PM CST
Hi Angie.

Actually, I think what you have may be Lycoris. Mine, both L radiata and L aurea, put up bloom spikes in September or October before any foliage. The foliage lasts over the winter and the plants go dormant in March or April and rest over the summer.

Nerines have foliage from spring through summer, bloom in the fall and go dormant over winter.


http://www.easytogrowbulbs.com//g-48-nerine-planting-guide.a...
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Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Sep 3, 2015 5:55 PM CST
Thanks, Jean. I like them and just want to know what I have. It was indeed a surprise lily from the former owner.

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 3, 2015 5:57 PM CST
They look like my lycoris. I get greenery in the winter that lasts through spring. Makes for a nice border during the blahh of winter.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Sep 3, 2015 6:17 PM CST
You are very welcome, Angie. I think Lycoris are neat plants to have.

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