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PlantFiles: Surprise Lily
Lycoris x haywardii

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycoris (LY-kor-iss) (Info)
Species: x haywardii

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TomH3787 On Jul 8, 2006, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Quote from Plant Delights catalog: This unique hybrid, named by Dr. Hamilton Traub in 1957, was discovered in a Chinese shipment to Wyndham Hayward of Florida in 1948. L. x haywardii combines the best traits of its parents (L. sprengeri x L. radiata var. pumila). The flower of L. x haywardii resembles that of L. sprengeri except for having more dissected petals (via L. radiata), and more of a magenta-pink flower color. Just as in L. sprengeri, the tip of each petal is bright blue, but the color does not permeate the center of the flower as it does in L. sprengeri. For us, this has been one of the earliest of the surprise lilies with a normal flowering time of July.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Liberty, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Fate, Texas

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