What would be a good planting site for the magic lily?


What would be a good planting site for the magic lily?


The magic lily (Lycoris squamigera) is a rather intriguing plant.  Other common names include resurrection lily, surprise lily, hardy amaryllis, and naked lady.  The life cycle of Lycoris squamigera is different from most other plants.  Long, strap-shaped leaves emerge in early spring.  The leaves persist through spring and then die back to the ground in early summer.  In late summer, flower stalks suddenly appear.  Pink, lily-like flowers are produced atop 18- to 24-inch-tall, leafless flower stalks. 

The magic lily performs best in partial shade to full sun in well-drained soils.  Plant bulbs 4 to 5 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart.  Since the dying foliage is rather unsightly, interplant the magic lily with other perennials. 

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