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Lycoris squamigera /Surprise Lily

Lycoris squamigera  / Lycoris squamigera
A naturalized colony of this autumn surprise lily blooming in the Mississippi Delta
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A naturalized colony of this autumn surprise lily blooming in the Mississippi Delta

Close-up image of an inflorescence in full bloom

Flowers and buds

Funnel-shaped flowers

A colony of blooming plants in mid-August in the Birmingham Botanical Garden

Flowers, buds, and spent flowers

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Scientific Name: Lycoris squamigera
Common Name: Surprise Lily
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Pink
Light Exposure: Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: A very long lasting, durable lycoris with pink flowers in late summer or fall. Flowers appear a couple of weeks before foliage.