Perfect for the late summer garden, Lycoris radiata (Red Spider Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting eye-catching umbels of 4-6 brilliant coral-red flowers with a golden sheen, adorned with elegantly curled petals and exceptionally long stamens. Blooming in late summer to early fall, the blossoms appear on naked stems. The foliage of strap-shaped, dark green leaves with a hint of blue, emerges after flowering and persists all winter long, fading in late spring. Lycoris radiata is a lovely flowering bulb, adding vibrancy to the waning fall landscape.
- Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Plants will naturalize by bulb-offsets to quickly form small colonies.
- Best flowering occurs in part shade in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil that dries out in summer. Water lightly until top growth emerges, then moderately during its growing period. Protect in colder areas with a deep, dry mulch over winter. In areas with wet summers grow as a container plant. Tolerates full sun.
- This plant deserves a prime spot in beds and borders and is well suited for cottage gardens or large containers. Plant in groups of 3-5 minimum for best visual impact.
- Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds!
- Plants are best left undisturbed in the soil.
- Native to Japan