Information About Lycoris Lilies
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Lycoris Care – How To Grow The Lycoris Flower In The Garden
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
There are many common names for the Lycoris squamigera. Some call it Resurrection lily; others refer to showy pink blooms of the Lycoris flower as the surprise lily or the naked lady. Click here for more info.
How to Grow Naked Lady Lilies or Amaryllis Belladonna
Also known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, resurrection lily, magic lily, surprise lily, or the March lily, the naked lady lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is an amazing flower.
While naked ladies are considered hardy from USDA zones 7 to 10, a lot of people say they have successfully grown them as far north as Chicago and southern Iowa, as well as in zone 4 in Colorado.
Some (but not all) of those making these assertions have said the naked ladies have grown from compost piles. This makes sense as it would be much warmer than other areas of the garden or yard. That doesn't account for the others who have grown them in normal areas without the additional heat, however.
The term naked ladies comes from the behavior of the plant, which sends up greenery in late fall, but then dies back to nothing by the latter part of spring or early summer. Then when the early fall season comes, the plant sprouts a stem without leaves with a big flower at the end of it. The stem without leaves is where the designation "naked lady" comes from.
Depending on the zone you live in, the times of the season could be a little different for the behavior of naked ladies, but the cycle will remain no matter when it happens.