Golden Spider Lily, Surprise Lily

Lycoris aurea

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona

Cypress, California

Eudora, Kansas

Avery Island, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Pineville, Louisiana

Clara, Mississippi

Dudley, North Carolina

Liberty, North Carolina

Walterboro, South Carolina

Corpus Christi, Texas

Fate, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Shepherd, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 7, 2014, Jamper from Sugarland, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

The plant is very attractive and I am trying to get those that bloom in the fall season in 9A. Hoping to get some from trading - the best and most reliable way to getting to where you want to be. DG says that we are most honest and generous lot when it comes to trading - Believe it.


On Aug 25, 2014, krishnan from NAVIMUMBAI,
India wrote:

I am krishnan from India, a week ago I purchased Lycoris aurea bulb, planted in pot but there is no development,pl help me with this.


On Sep 18, 2010, MikeyToo from Cypress, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I'm glad I put a marker in the soil where I planted this bulb because it did not do anything the first year and then several days ago I noticed the stalk growing out of the ground and it is now in full bloom.


On Sep 6, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Seems like I waited eons for this plant to bloom. Planted in part sun, about 3-4 years ago, blooming in 2010 for the first time.


On Oct 9, 2005, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

They didn't bloom the first year I had them, but really surprised me last fall when they came up. I had forgotten I planted them! This year they've come back even better, with taller stalks and bigger flowers. So far, these have bloomed in early October for me each time. These were recovered from an abandoned homesite by a friend.