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Lycoris chinensis

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycoris (LY-kor-iss) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive leodavinci46 On Jan 4, 2015, leodavinci46 from Saint Augustine, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Hurricane Lilies, so called here in Saint Augustine, are dark yellow to pale orange and bloom late September to early October. They are plentiful in this area as they reproduce (multiply) readily. The flowers have more substance than radiata

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 25, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Lycoris chinensis is a rich buttery yellow flower in the spider-form similar to L. radiata. It blooms at mid-season, between squamigera and caldwellii. Flower petals are creamy white at the edges and have a yellow stripe down the middle - sort of looks like a seven-petaled star. Lovely form and color.


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

Woodlake, California
Saint Augustine, Florida
Bordelonville, Louisiana
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lake Jackson, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas

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