Yellow Surprise Lily, Golden Hurricane Lily, Golden Spider Lily, St. Augustine Lily
Lycoris chinensis

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

Category:

Bulbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.