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Spider lily

Lycoris selections

Spider lily

Perhaps the summer's most magical bulb, spider lily pops up seemingly overnight, with its colorful flowers sitting tall upon a single stem. The exotic look of the long petals and stamens accounts for the common name. It also bears the monikers hurricane lily (because of its bloom season) and naked ladies (because the flowers appear without leaves). With trumpet-shape blooms that resemble an amaryllis, spider lily forms a brilliant border in partially shaded places.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 2 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 1 foot wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Attracts Butterflies,Tolerates Wet Soil
Top Varieties

Lycoris squamigera produces its strappy leaves in spring. By summer the leaves disappear and you see no sign of the plant until fall, when the lilac-pink flowers appear out of nowhere. These magical flowers grow 18 inches tall. Zones 5-10
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Lycoris radiata bears loose clusters of bright red, spidery blooms in early fall. It grows 18 inches tall. Zones 7-10
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