- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Needs Winter Protection
- Flowering Height
- 50-60 cm
- Bulb Size
- 10/+ cm
- Reds & Burgundy
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.
These half-hardy perennials are best cultivated in containers in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. They can also be started off indoors in pots, away from frost, before transplanting outside in early June.
Plant bulbs between March and May, with their necks exposed from the soil, spaced 20cm apart. A sheltered spot which receives full sun with free-draining soil is ideal.
Provide regular watering after planting and during active growth. During the period of dormancy in winter, do not allow the bulbs to sit in wet soil as this will lead to rotting.
Bring outdoor containers back inside before temperatures drop in autumn as Lycoris are tender plants. Bulbs in the ground will require lifting and storing in a cool dry building over the winter months.