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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm)
Flowers: Showy
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
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
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 25, 2012 3:35 AM

Lycoris sprengeri has smaller flowers, but it more than compensates by its vivid color scheme of pink with an electric blue highlight on the petals.

Foliage appears in spring. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5.

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Jul 29, 2012 10:21 PM

I'd heard these were only hardy to zone 7, so I planted mine in a protected "pocket bed" by a big rock (I'm zone 6). There are a couple other lycoris there, so I wasn't really sure if these had come up with foliage this spring or not, so I was absolutely delighted to see these bloom stems shoot up after a recent rain. They're stunning from a distance and even more lovely close up, thanks to the unexpected and brilliant blue at the ends of the petals.

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