Red Spider Lily

Lycoris radiata

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Red blooms that appear in early fall; returns year after year. This triploid mule has proven Texas tough and, while not producing seed, it offsets quite readily and produces more bulbs and larger flowers than its modern counterpart from Japan. Some say that the flowers bloom two weeks after the first good fall rain. The foliage follows the flower, staying green well through the winter and into late spring.


Bloom/Feature Red blooms in late summer/early fall
Plant Type Fall Bulbs
Evergreen or Deciduous Deciduous
USDA Zones 6,7,8,9,10
Zone Detail Hardy to -10°F
Key Features Returns year after year
Use border, container, accent
Exposure Full sun to part shade
Bloom Season Late summer/early fall
Dimension 18-24" H x Clumping
Growth Rate Moderate to fast


Water Natural rainfall
Soil Type Well-drained garden soil
Fertilizer Early spring
Pruning None necessary

Planting Instructions

plant in full winter sun; summer shade is okay
dig hole 2X the height of the bulb
soil should be 2-3” over the bulb
water after planting
natural southern rainfall is best; but summer irrigation is okay
mulch in hard frost areas