General Plant Information (Edit)
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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Common names
  • Surprise Lily
  • Resurrection Lily
  • Naked Lady
  • Magic Lily
  • Hardy Amaryllis

Photo Gallery
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-08-06
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: August 2011
Growing in the shade of a cedar tree
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-13
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2014-07-31
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2020-08-09
A leafless stem blooms profusely in August.

Date: 2015-08-07
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2016-08-05
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date: 2017-02-07
Note the unusual bloom in the centre with eight petals!
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-07-22
Location: My Garden in Janesville, WI
Date: 2015-08-18
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2015-08-07
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-08
emerging

Date: 2018-08-11

Some of my Lycoris squamigera show a blue tint when they first op
Location: my yard
Date: 2019-07-26
Ladies dancing around my tree

Photo by Namazu-tron
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2017-08-17
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2014-07-31
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-07-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-04-20

Date: 2011-08-13
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2016-09-19
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2018-08-04
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-03-22
mound of lush leaves grow throughout winter, then disappear in la

Date: 2013-08-12
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-08-01
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-07-22
Location: My Garden in Janesville, WI
Date: 2015-08-18
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-07-28
Location: Point Mugu State Park, California
Date: 2014-03-14
Naturalized at an old homesite, southern California
Location: Northeastern Colorado
Date: 2022-08-26
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-07-25
Location: my front yard
Date: 2013-08-12
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Willow Valley Communities, Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-08-08
Location: Twisp
Date: August

Date: 2013-08-12
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-08-25
Location: My garden, Willow Valley Communities, Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2019-08-13
Note: foliage in the background is Artemesia Powis Castle.
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-15
Location: Ed Burton, NE Wisconsin
Date: 2005-08-09
Location: 52404
Date: 2018-09-15
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Nicely fragrant too
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2015-08-07
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-13-11
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-29
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2016-08-05

Date: 2013-08-12

Date: 2013-08-12

Date: 2013-08-12

Date: 2016-08-02
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2021-07-21
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-07-15
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-19
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: central Illinois
Date: August 2009
Location: My Gardens
Date: August 12, 2013
Planted With Mixed Perennials
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b.
Date: 2010-07-29
Used here along the drive, sharing space with spring daffodils an
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-07
note the Hummingbird Moth
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2018-02-25
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2017-07-02
Location: Our yard, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2014-07-23

Date: 2013-08-12

Date: 2013-08-12
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-07-29
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-09-20
Location: Little Rock, AR
Date: 2018-03-16
Foliage in spring
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-02-22
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2014-08-09
Location: Our Yard, near Central Iowa
Date: 2009-08-13
Location: Wisconsin
Date: August 6, 2012
camera was under the plants, facing the sky
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-07-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-08
Location: garden of botanist Robert R. Kowal in Madison, Wisconsin
Date: August 9, 2009
photo by James Steakley
Location: Our yard, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2014-07-30
Location: central Illinois
Date: summer
Flying Dragon
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-6-2011
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-07
Location: Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2016-02-23
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2012-02-28
\"Surprise\" Lily leaves emerging during a warm winter

Date: 2015-08-13
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Comments:
  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on May 17, 2014 10:27 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by LoriMT (Dawsonville, GA - Zone 7b) on Jan 7, 2022 6:56 AM concerning plant:
    Lycoris squamigera and Amaryllis belladonna can be easily confused. L. squamigera has a green inflorescence stalk, versus a dark stalk on A. Belladonna.
  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 19, 2015 9:05 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 17, 2011 3:05 PM concerning plant:
    Temperamental about being transplanted; may not present until 2nd year. Very reliable thence forward.
    Hummingbird moths frequent at dusk.
Plant Events from our members
jmorth On July 25, 2016 Bloomed
jmorth On July 26, 2014 Bloomed
Australis On January 31, 2023 Transplanted
Planted in the front garden.
Australis On January 30, 2023 Obtained plant
Purchased from Tonkin's Bulbs.
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 From February 2, 2017 to February 12, 2017 Bloomed
Australis On January 26, 2017 Potted up
Australis On January 25, 2017 Obtained plant
Purchased from Tonkin's Bulbs.
aspenhill On April 15, 2017 Obtained plant
Barbara Griffith - qty lot
MrsBinWY On August 16, 2021 Transplanted
On 8-15-2021, planted 11 bulbs from the bulb I chipped in December 2019. Placed in front of Verbesina alternifolia in side yard. Backfilled with the potting mix they were in, then native soil to cover the necks of the bulbs, then a thin layer of worm compost, more native soil, then a good sprinkle of alfalfa pellets. Will finish backfilling when the foliage dies back. Tops of bulbs are 6" deep or so.
MrsBinWY On December 9, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
Chipped bulb purchased from McClure & Zimmerman into four quarters. As of 11-26-20, there are nine sturdy plantlets with two to four leaves.
DeweyRooter On February 1, 2023 Plant emerged
DeweyRooter On September 5, 2022 Transplanted
Planted in pet memorial bed.
DeweyRooter On August 5, 2022 Obtained plant
Received from bulbs from Lori.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Untitled by bsharf Aug 16, 2020 9:18 AM 1
Lycoris squamigera by purpleinopp Jul 29, 2021 5:24 PM 1
Lycoris squamigera by purpleinopp Aug 14, 2021 1:48 PM 4
I believe this is Lycoris squamigera. by purpleinopp Jul 29, 2021 3:38 PM 3
I believe your beautiful bulbs are Lycoris squamigera by purpleinopp Jan 6, 2022 4:41 PM 2

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