Red spider lily

Lycoris radiata

Red spider lily

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Red spider lily (Lycoris radiata)

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 Characteristics: 

Brilliant red flowers.

Propagation: 

Replant offsets in spring, as the leaves die.

Problems: 

The blooms fade quickly in high heat.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
Less than 6 in.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Fall
Flower Color
Red
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

Lycoris radiata