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Red spider lily

Lycoris radiata

Red spider lily

Red spider lily’s brilliant red flowers remind me of an azalea’s ball truss. Blooms fade quickly in hot weather, but a higher degree of shade helps them last a while longer. Depending on where it grows in the Southeast, red spider lily blooms from early September to mid-October. After the bloom stalks fade away, foot-long, strap-shaped leaves emerge and last through winter. Red spider lily is an heirloom bulb that is easily passed from hand to hand. Replant offsets as the leaves die in spring. -Parker Andes, Fine Gardening #147 (October 2012), page 71

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBrilliant red flowers.

PropagationReplant offsets in spring, as the leaves die.

ProblemsThe blooms fade quickly in high heat.

  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Width : Under 6 inches
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  1. johnbales 04/19/2015

    Here in southwest AR, you can usually tell where old houses used to stand because of the red spider lilies that still bloom in late summer decades after the houses disappeared. One of my all time favorite late summer flowers.

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