Lycoris Species, Magic Lily, Resurrection Lily, Spider Lily, Tie Dye Surprise Lily

Lycoris sprengeri

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Light Blue

Dark Blue

Medium Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Chester, Arkansas

De Queen, Arkansas

Homosassa, Florida

Orange Lake, Florida

Moline, Illinois

Louisville, Kentucky

Plain Dealing, Louisiana

Wayland, Massachusetts

Liberty, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Yankton, South Dakota

Austin, Texas

Fate, Texas

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Blacksburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 24, 2018, Roadrunner1965 from North Little Rock, AR wrote:

My name is Felicia Pruss, I live in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I grow Surprise Lilies hardily. They grow best with morning sun with no mid to late afternoon sun! Rain watering I think is the key to their growth!
From July 14,2018 to July 22,2018 we had 3 days of rain. Then all of the sudden they were out of the ground two foot tall and flowering!
I love this plant!


On Jul 30, 2017, VooDooU from Yankton, SD wrote:

We just bought our house in November 2016 so much of the plants coming up are complete surprises... no pun intended since what I THOUGHT was failing Allium bulbs turned out to be these! Such a wonderful surprise and color addition to their locations in late summer. Mine are pink but nearly lavender with blue tips.


On Aug 13, 2015, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Summer 2015 is first yr blooming but don't remember when I planted. Doesn't show blue tinges. Planted inground, partial sun, amended clay soil.


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

Lycoris sprengeri is a smaller flower than the others Lycoris flowering bulbs, but has a much more vivid color scheme of pinkish-purplish background color on the petals, but with an electric blue highlights. It's form is not as "spider-like" as some of the other Lycoris.