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Lycoris aurea (Golden Spider Lily)

Golden Spider Lily, Golden Hurricane Lily, Golden Lily, Yellow Spider Lily, Naked Lily, Surprise Lily

Lycoris aurea, Golden Spider Lily, Golden Hurricane Lily, Golden Lily, Yellow Spider Lily, Naked Lily, Surprise Lily, Yellow flowers
Lycoris aurea, Golden Spider Lily, Golden Hurricane Lily, Golden Lily, Yellow Spider Lily, Naked Lily, Surprise Lily, Yellow flowers

Perfect for the late summer garden, Lycoris aurea (Golden Spider Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting eye-catching umbels of 5-6 wavy-margined, golden-yellow flowers adorned with elegantly curled petals and protruding stamens. Each umbel can be up to 8 in. across (20 cm), with any flower about half that size. Blooming in late summer to early fall, the blossoms appear before the foliage of semi-erect, fleshy, strap-shaped leaves, which remain fresh-looking until the bulb goes dormant. Lycoris aurea is a lovely flowering bulb, adding a welcome spot of color when many plants are preparing to go dormant. It is perfect for the vase, too, as it is renowned as an excellent cut flower.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 4-6 in. wide (10-15 cm).
  • Best flowering occurs in full sun in fertile, 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.
  • This plant deserves a prime spot in beds and borders and is well suited for city gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, or containers. Plant in groups of 3-5 minimum for best visual impact.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant, drought tolerant, and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds!
  • Propagate by seed, sown with moderate heat as soon as ripe, or remove offsets after flowering.
  • Native to China, Japan
  • All parts of Lycoris plants are toxic if ingested, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms in humans and pets. Always handle with care and keep away from children and pets.

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A member of the Amaryllis family, Lycoris (Spider Lilies) are striking bulbous perennials, appearing almost magically in late summer and early fall. Easy to grow, they will bring many years of pleasure and plenty of compliments on your garden – provided some basic rules are respected.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 10
Climate Zones 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Lycoris
Common names Surprise Lily, Spider Lily, Golden Lily, Golden Hurricane Lily
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Lycoris incarnata (Peppermint Spider Lily)
Lycoris radiata (Red Spider Lily)
Lycoris squamigera (Resurrection Lily)
Lycoris sprengeri (Electric Blue Spider Lily)
Lycoris albiflora (White Spider Lily)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 8 - 10
Climate Zones 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Genus Lycoris
Common names Surprise Lily, Spider Lily, Golden Lily, Golden Hurricane Lily
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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