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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches (30-61cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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
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
Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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By dave on May 17, 2014

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Posted by texaskitty111 (Springfield OR - Zone 8a) on Sep 26, 2014 12:06 PM

This plant is a lovely surprise in fall after everything else has stopped blooming, died back, or been cleaned up.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 18, 2012 4:20 PM

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.

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 29, 2012 7:43 AM

Plants are started from bulb division not from seed.

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Plant Events from our members
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.
dave From October 1, 2014 to October 14, 2014 Bloomed
Seedfork On March 25, 2015 Obtained plant
Obtained from Kay, planted on same day.
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.
tabbycat On April 18, 2021 Maintenance performed
Dug all bulbs & did away with that circle because yellow Angel Trumpet died in Feb. freeze.
tabbycat On August 12, 2019 Bloomed
Early this year. Usually Sept. bloomer.
paleohunter On November 14, 2020 Transplanted
paleohunter On September 9, 2020 Bloomed
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