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Lycoris aurea

Phonetic Spelling
LY-kor-iss AR-re-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Golden Spider Lily is a bulb that produces showy orange-yellow blooms on tall stems in August and September that seem to appear out of nowhere. The basal narrow leaves grow after blooming and last through spring when they die down and the bulb needs a hot dry resting period. In areas with wet summers or areas north of its hardiness zone, it is best to grow in pots.

Plant these bulbs to a depth of 8 inches in groups of 3-5. They prefer full sun to part sun in well-drained fertile soils. Be sure to choose a permanent spot for them as they dislike being transplanted. Mulch well in the northern ranges in winter.

Propagate by division or seed. It can take 5 years from seed to blooming though so division is best.

Semi-hardy - injured below 28°F (-2°C) to Hardy III

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#poisonous#partial shade#fall flowers#partial sun#yellow flowers#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#poisonous#partial shade#fall flowers#partial sun#yellow flowers#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lycoris
    Species:
    aurea
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Lycorine has also been used in Asian folk medicine as a diuretic and expectorant.
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    They may or may not set seed as not all are fertile.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large spidery upward-facing funnel-shaped blooms in groups of 5-6 appear in August- September. The blooms are yellow-orange and have 6 recurved and wavy petals with long curved stamens. They can be up to 6 inches in size.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Basal, narrowly strap-like, fleshy leaves appear after the blooms and last until spring.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Tall round green stem without leaves.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Abdominal pain, salivation, shivering, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Lycorine, an alkaloid
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Roots