My first experience with Lycoris squamata (Naked Ladies)
Blooming August 1st, Raleigh NC. Note rounded, reflexed petals (unlike Amaryllis belladonna)
The first day the stem emerges this much.
This is the second day.
It takes only three day for this bulb to come into bloom.
Foliage - March 25 in Raleigh, NC. Foliage will die back completely after May. Note rounded tips of leaves (unlike A. belladonna).
my mostly shaded spot in central Illinois
This beautiful surprise lily is doing well in partial shade in Nashville, TN (Zone 6).
New foliage sprouting on Feb 14th in Raleigh, NC. Note rounded leaf tips. Foliage will persist until May when it dies back - blooms appear in August or September.
great for naturalizing or adding a unique 'surprise' accent to a garden
It took some doing to accurately capture the faint blue tips.
The first week of August and this is the first of my Naked Ladies to bloom. Lasted about 2 weeks!
My Naked Ladies, in all their glory.
Surprise lily grows in full sun or deep shade, in practically barren soil with no fertilizer or water beyond rain, here in OK.
As one pulls into our driveway, a row of Surprise Lilies greet you in late summer. 2007
Another view of Naked Ladies
Here is a pix of the plant before the flowers open.
Just when you think it isn't going to bloom, a bud pokes out of the ground in August
Flanked here by hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant' also in bloom
Lycoris squamigera flowers beginning to open