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Red Spider Lily

While looking for something more heat tolerant I found this nice Spider Lily. The past year most of our plants took a big hit during the drout and heat.
Lycoris radiata:
They are a natural for the Southern garden and should do just fine in the texas heat.

DESCRIPTION:

This is an incredible, small bulb, that can grow to just over 1" in diameter when mature, that surprises you at the end of August and early September every year with 4" diameter, dark-red "spidery" blooms on a 15" stem. The bulbs offset every 2-3 years and eventually form an attractive clump that will add interest to your flowerbeds. I grow them as a border, because they send up their foliage after they bloom and it stays green all winter, looking almost like border grass and dies back about April.

BACKGROUND:

This bulb originates in the orient, and there are numerous species and hybrids available in white, yellow, orange, salmon and other shades. This variety is the most hardy. Another name for this is "spider lily", "naked lily" or "hurricane lily", because it blooms in the late summer before any foliage emerges.

GROWING CONDITIONS:

These bulbs should be hardy to zone 7 and will grow in a wide variety of soils. It will do fine in sun or partial shade. Plants do best if planted in the ground, but they will make excellent container plants. They are evergreen in frost-free climates. Here in the colder part of zone 9 (temps. into the low 20's, they keep their foliage all winter). It seems to be very vigorous and and tolerant of more dry conditions too, unlike many other plants. Bulbs should not be planted very deep, just below the surface. If planted too deep, they will form another bulb on the top, one over the other. They show best, as do most bulbs, when planted in clumps of 3 or more.

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