Returning from a vacation we came home to find a large amount of theses flowers had popped up in our backyard and were blooming. What an awesome surprise! Until that point had not heard of or seen spider lilies. After going to a few local nurseries they told me the plant was a Red Spider Lily – Lycoris radiate. They have turned out to be a great addition to my fall and winter gardens.
Here, in Virginia the lilies shoots up thick large stalks that bloom in early fall adding a pop of color with some bright showy flowers. Though it is short lived, once the flowers are spent the plant produces a full grassy clump at the base of the stalks. The grass is perfect for some winter interest. In the spring when the warm weather returns the grass will brown up. It’s easy to cut down to the ground as it hibernates throughout the summer and waits to spring up again : ) I’ve started adding some of these lilies to areas that are barren in the winter to add some interest and they do great. I’ve divided them up in the spring as the grass starts to die off (they are a bulb-type flower). I have planted them in full sun and shade and have had great success in both locations!