Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigera) in the Surprise Lilies (Lycoris) Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 18 to 24 inches (46-61cm)
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches (46-61cm)
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
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
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on May 17, 2014 10:27 AM

An old favorite in my grandmother's garden, they are called surprise lilies because the green foliage goes dormant after an early spring show, and then the flower stalks appear in summer. Also called Naked ladies because the flower stalks appear without any leaves.
These look great among hostas. The hostas cover the dying leaves, and the pink flowers of the surprise lilies shooting through the hostas look like pink flowering hostas.
A no-care plant, the bulbs multiply nicely, but they do not seem to need to be thinned. I have had clumps in the same place for 20+ years.

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Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 19, 2015 9:05 AM

I prefer the common name Resurrection Lily for this plant. As a Christian, I believe this has significance to me. I have only known it by this name, so was surprised at the other name when I saw this plant come up on one of the Randoms.

When we moved into our current home, this was one of the surprises growing here. We saw the leaves in the spring, but they died down. We did not really think about it since we were not into gardening at the time. Later was the real surprise. They are a very pretty flower.

The last two or three years, the greens have been coming up thick as usual, but we've had no flowers. Because of their location, the area doesn't get mowed much. Maybe this is why?? We've never fed this or most other plants, except for what is food for our table. This could be another reason.

Our usual habit is to dig up alien ornamentals and replace them with something native. For one, I haven't thought of what might go well there. Two, for an ornamental, it is said they attract a variety of pollinators. It has use for wild life. Three, it may resurrect once again.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 17, 2011 3:05 PM

Temperamental about being transplanted; may not present until 2nd year. Very reliable thence forward.
Hummingbird moths frequent at dusk.

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