unidentified lily

drwtj10April 2, 2010

Some years ago I decided to plant some bulbs in a garden we keep at a family member's grave site in New Orleans. We got Narcissus, Freesias, and several bulbs whose name I cannot remember. The plants are distinctive in that the leaves are narrow, dark green, with a lighter stripe up the middle. At first we thought they were duds because they did not bloom through the whole time there was live foliage. That's from October to May/June here. We were startled when flower spikes appeared in the hottest part of the summer, and delicate red flowers appeared. Since then, they have continued to follow this pattern, blooming in mid-to late summer.

Any ideas what this could be? I do not have a picture, and will have to wait a few months in order to take one!

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gardengal48

Sounds like it could be red spider lily, Lycoris radiata.

Here is a link that might be useful: spider lily

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 10:14AM
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drwtj10

Aha! That looks like the flower I was describing. I'll confirm that when it blooms this summer. The article describes it blooming in September, peak of hurricane season, and that could well be. One of the other names given is the hurricane lily.

Thank you.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 11:01PM
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