mystery lily

trapped_in_amberAugust 12, 2007

Hi! I am new to posting here but have been reading and learning from the forums for a while now- I hope someone here can clue me in!

This is my 3rd summer living in my house and I have never seen anything growing besides grass and weeds where this lily popped up a little over a week ago. My mailbox was knocked down and so we set up a new one a foot or so over from where it was- and in it's place there are these lilies. They sprung up so quickly- the stems are very pale and there are no leaves- and I have no idea what kind it is. I would like to move them to a more appropriate spot where hopefully they will thrive. Can anyone help? I have some pictures but I don't know how to post them- here is a link:


Here is a link that might be useful: mystery lily

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Looks like Amaryllis bella donna to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Amaryllis bella donna

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 5:27PM
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WOW- you're fast! It sure is an amaryllis, I didn't even think of that.....can you tell I'm inexperienced? Thanks so much- now I can post about this in the proper forum!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 5:37PM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

I think it's more likely what's often called Magic Lily, Resurrection Lily, Hardy Amaryllis, or Naked Lady. Amaryllis bella donna is not likely to survive in zone 5. Magic Lily is generally hardy to zone 5 sometimes zone 4. Lycoris squamigera is a member of the amaryllis family though. Usually the leaves come up in spring then disappear and the stalk shoots up in August.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 10:49PM
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Hostaholic2, that is exactly what it is- got a positive ID on the amaryllis forum. Thanks! I guess we were mowing over it the last couple of years because we had no idea it was there.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 9:34AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

It is also known as the "surprise" lily--because it surprises you, popping out of nowhere like that. In the spring, you should see a handsome set of leaves there. They will die back (let them die naturally) and when you have forgotten about them, pop out with their late summer (evidently autumn, for you) "surprise."

I've tried several years to catch them in the act of popping up, but they must do it overnight--at least I have never been able to see them before they were already blooming.


    Bookmark   October 7, 2007 at 7:36PM
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I live in the Flatlands of Eastern Nebraska. Today, it is 102! My Mystery Lilies are blooming like crazy. When do I dig them up and separate?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 7:31PM
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yes that is naked lady/ spider lily. If you watch in the spring you will see what kinda looks like a mound of grass..wide edge leaves rounded on the ends. That is all there is in the spring. This will die back like daylilies do. Then come fall if you watch closly you will see them come up. They do grow very quickly as it is a memeber of the amaryllis family. if you have them mixed with other plants may be why you don't notice. When you smell the blooms the closely resemble the smell of a lilac. And their blooms don't last a long time. They like wet winters and drier summers. I divide mine any time after the greenery has left in the spring or after the flower dies in the fall. The bulbs can get hugh. Have had some get to be 5" in dia. I live in MN. I bought them over from WI

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 5:05PM
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Doug, I also live in flatlands of eastern Nebraska. I dug mine up last fall and separated them. They all came back up this year and bloomed. Vicki

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 11:01PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

My this is an old post.

If anyone is interested the botanical name for the lilies is Lycoris Squamigera.

lily and lily

There are numerous things that go by the name of Surprise Lily, naked lady/spider lily, Resurrection Lily.

Lycoris Squamigera is one of the hardiest of the Lycoris.


Here is a link that might be useful: Lot of Lycoris

    Bookmark   August 19, 2009 at 11:36AM
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