Lycoris squamigeraA lush crop of leaves emerges in early spring bringing hopes of flowers, but they die back, leaving nothing. Until, suddenly, around mid August, the 18–24" flowerstalk emerges from the ground and quickly blooms. Fragrant pink-mauve lily-like flowers are 3–4" long with slightly recurved tips.
Almost tropical looking, they’re great planted among daylilies or hostas, so the flower stalk rises up among the foliage. My neighbors have a thriving patch in Zone 5. The most cold-hardy lycoris, but Joanna’s patch in Zone 3 puts out leaves annually and blooms only every 2–3 years.
18–24" tall. Late Summer blooms, Z5-9. 10-12cm bulbs.
6623 Magic Lily
The Royal General Bulbgrowers Association in Holland (Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur, or KAVB) gives this large group of flowers the name Miscellaneous Bulbs. The expensive catalogs call them specialty or accent bulbs; some call them minor or dwarf bulbs (even though some of the fritillaries are huge!); Louise Beebe Wilder covered most of them in her 1936 classic Adventures with Hardy Bulbs. Whatever you call them, most are uncommonly sweet, delicate, colorful, and completely welcome in spring.
Descriptions and Codes
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