General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches (30-61cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Red
White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of Lycoris are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Some Lycoris produce fertile seed and some do not. Hybrid plants may not produce fertile seed or the seedlings may not resemble the parent.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Bulbs
Other: Plant the neck of bulbs just below ground surface. Plant 3-5 bulbs per sq. ft. in well-drained soil. Bulbs do not like transplanting and can take a year to settle in, so it's good to select a permanent home for them.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Common names
  • Naked Lady
  • Surprise Lily
  • Hurricane Lily
  • Magic Lily
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Lycoris radiata
  • Synonym: Nerine japonica var. alba

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Location: Plano, TX
Location: Cumming, GA
Date: 2019-09-12

Date: 2010-10-02
Photo courtesy of: tmizo
Location: My Garden
Date: 2018-09-11
Also known as Hurricane Lily

彼岸花と蝶 ~photo by Autumn Snake おぉたむすねィく
Location: Photo by Blue Lotus
Location: Friend's garden, Comal County, Tx.
Date: 2016-09-03
Location: Durham, NC
Date: September, 2015
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-10-14
Location: Warne, NC
Date: 2020-09-26
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2020-09-25
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA
Date: 2021-09-19
Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)
Date: 2018-09-18
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-10-30
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2019-10-19
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-08-17
Location: Cisco, Tx 
Date: 2020-09-24
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-09-21
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-16
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-09-30

Date: 2013-12-30
Location: Durham, NC
Date: September, 2015
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2013-10-05
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-03-03
Bulbs
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2020-09-25
Location: Test  garden shade bed 
Date: 2018-09-07
Location: Butterfly garden
Date: 2012-08-28
Blooming Late August...beautiful display of red in my garden!
Location: Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
Photo courtesy of: tmizo
Location: Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
Photo courtesy of: tmizo
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-09-30
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 10/10/2021
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2019-10-19
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-10-01
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-10-01
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-15

Date: 2010-09-26
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: October
Late blooms
Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)
Date: 2018-09-26
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2017-09-18
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Photo by pinkiris
Location: Mansfield TX
Date: 2012-11-08
Spider Lily plant
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA
Date: 2021-09-19
Stalks with flower buds appeared in September after tropical stor
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-10-01
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-09-21
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-15
Location: Terrell  garden 
Date: 2014-09-26
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2012-09-22
Location: Western North Carolina
Date: September 2011
  • Uploaded by vic
Photo by clintbrown
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-16
Top view of flowers.

Date: 2014-09-29
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2009-08-27

Date: Sep 13, 2010 11:46 AM

Date: 2012-10-14
Location: Mansfield Texas
Date: 2012-11-08
Tiger Lily in full bloom
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2015-09-05
A little hard to see against the mulch, but it's beautiful and th
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2013-09-20
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-10-12
Foliage is starting to grow, flowers have just finished.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-10-12
Foliage is starting to grow, flowers have just finished.
Location: Houston area
Date: September 2010
Location: front bed
Date: 2014-09-23
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2012-09-22
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2012-09-22
Location: Plano, TX

Date: 2010-10-02
Photo courtesy of: tmizo
Location: Our yard in Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-09-15

Date: 2011-09-23
Photo courtesy of: tmizo
Location: Plano, TX
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2008-05-26
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2014-09-05
By tabbycat

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Naylor, GA
Date: 2011-09-18
Peeking through the potato vine

Nice big bulbs
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2013-09-20
the leaves belong to other lilies
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2013-09-20
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-09-24
Location: My yard
Date: 2014-09-19
Location: my garden - front bed
Date: 2014-09-23
Location: N. E. Medina Co., Texas
Date: August 30, 2013
Red Spider Lily
Location: Butterfly garden
Date: 2012-08-28
After the bloom...seed pods form.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-10-20
3rd year and no blooms.
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Houston area
Date: 2013-10-31
After the blooms...
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 18, 2012 4:20 PM concerning plant:
    Triploid. Zones 6-10. The red spider lily can be planted late spring through fall. It sends up winter foliage that dies back into dormancy during the summer and suddenly blooms in the fall. Red Spider Lily foliage needs at least a half-day of full winter sun to thrive.

    The red spider lily foliage follows the flower, staying green well through the winter and into late spring. As a good "rule of thumb" for most bulbs, plant at a depth about three times the height of the bulb.

    Performs well under deciduous trees.
  • Posted by texaskitty111 on Sep 26, 2014 12:06 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is a lovely surprise in fall after everything else has stopped blooming, died back, or been cleaned up.
  • Posted by dnrevel (Michigan - Zone 6a) on Feb 2, 2023 3:04 PM concerning plant:
    References about the range and cultivation for these unique plants / bulbs courtesy of NC Plant Extension:

    * This lily ranges from semi-hardy (damaged below 28°F/ -2°C) to hardy (injured below 5°F/ -5°C).

    * Plant bulbs (spring) with the neck exposed, spaced 6 to 12 inches apart, in rich, moist well-drained soils. If it is the dormant season, plant in dry soil.

    * Light: full sun to partial shade, best flowers in partial shade.

    * It naturalizes easily via offsets and is long-lived.
  • Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 29, 2012 7:43 AM concerning plant:
    Plants are started from bulb division not from seed.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On October 2, 2022 Bloomed
Round bed near aster
piksihk On June 21, 2017 Transplanted
about 6 bulbs that was in window box to bed with liliums
piksihk On March 17, 2016 Transplanted
dug up a dozen from under the fig tree in back; transplanted them to HW under master bedroom window;
also some in front bed last fall;
piksihk On September 25, 2015 Bloomed
One red thus far
piksihk On October 1, 2014 Bloomed
greene On September 21, 2015 Bloomed
Blooming this week.
greene On September 21, 2014 Bloomed
The plants multiplied since last year and are now blooming like crazy.
Seedfork On March 25, 2015 Obtained plant
Obtained from Kay, planted on same day.
Australis On December 24, 2022 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Unfortunately died at some point in the last couple of years; noticed it didn't return in 2022.
Australis On May 24, 2017 Potted up
Australis On May 24, 2017 Obtained plant
Purchased from Australian Bulb Co.
Samlav On March 17, 2018 Plant emerged
Planted bulbs in November and leaves are coming up now.
paleohunter On November 14, 2020 Transplanted
paleohunter On September 9, 2020 Bloomed
tabbycat On April 18, 2021 Maintenance performed
Dug all bulbs & did away with that circle because yellow Angel Trumpet died in Feb. freeze.
SuperHappyCamper On April 11, 2022 Obtained plant
Received a gracious amount of these from Garden.org member purpleinopp.
DeweyRooter On November 12, 2022 Transplanted
Planted bulbs in large driveway bed and five in cottage garden. Gave away the rest of the bulbs.
DeweyRooter On October 6, 2022 Obtained plant
Received large number of bulbs from Lori.
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