Lycoris are showy funnel-shaped flowers which are best grown in containers in a conservatory or cool greenhouse. Plant with the top of the neck just below soil level. Half-hardy.
Lycoris ‘Aurea’ is referred to by a multitude of delightful names – Surprise Lily, Spider Lily, Hurricane Lily, and Naked Lily – all indicating the remarkable appearance of this striking plant. The showy umbels of golden blooms are embellished with exuberant, curling petals and protruding, wispy stamens. Ribbon-like foliage emerges only after the blooms have faded, allowing the flowers to shine unrivalled atop long, bare stems. Perfect for adding pizazz to your autumn display, ‘Aurea’ makes a spectacular addition to patio containers. A member of the Amaryllis family, simply overwinter these tender bulbs indoors or grow in the conservatory all year round.
The genus name ‘Lycoris’ alludes to a celebrated Roman actress, renowned for her love affairs with several prominent figures, including Mark Antony. The beguiling blooms of Lycoris ‘Radiata’ prove equally glamorous and alluring. Lipstick-red flowers are adorned with curled petals and exceptionally long stamens, sweeping gently upwards like fluttering eyelashes. The magnificent heads of blooms are carried proudly on lithe, leafless, naked stems. Bringing fireworks to the end of the season with their intense colour and unique form, these half-hardy bulbs thrive in patio containers and greenhouse displays. The sturdy stems also make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers for show-stopping floral arrangements.
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