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Can you please identify this plant?
The plant in question is commonly called a spider lily — Hymenocallis
Could you let me know the best time to transplant naked lady bulbs?
Naked ladies is the common name for Lycoris squamigera. They form the pink, trumpet
shaped blossoms in mid to late summer. The other Lycoris commonly grown in Arkansas
is L. radiata with the red spider like blooms, commonly called surprise lily or spider
lily. It blooms in late summer to early fall. The naked lady foliage usually appears
in the spring grows for a couple of months then dies back waiting for the naked stem
with pink blooms in the summer. They can be transplanted either when the foliage
is up or as the flowers fade in the summer. They may not bloom for a year or two
after transplanting, but should rebound after that.
We live on a farm in Saline County and have many old surprise lilies and daffodils
that we would love to transplant. When is the proper time? All of them are in the
fields and somewhat hard to find after blooming. We are wondering if the lilies could
be moved now? If so, when would we replant?
There are two types of surprise lilies or Lycoris that we commonly grow in Arkansas.
The red more spider-like lilies are L. radiata and they have foliage all winter. The naked lady or pink surprise lilies L. squamigera put on foliage in the spring and then die down before blooming. Lycoris lilies can
be moved either while the foliage is up or when the flowers begin to fade. I would
not attempt moving them while it is so cold, but as the foliage begins to die in late
winter to early spring, you could do it then. Replant immediately at the same depth
they are currently growing. They may not bloom for a year or two after transplant,
but should recover. As to the daffodils, let them bloom and then dig and divide.
You can do so immediately after bloom and let the foliage die back where replanted,
or allow six to eight weeks of green growth after bloom then dig and divide and either
replant or store for a fall planting. They need at least six weeks of good growth
after bloom to replenish a flower for next spring.
Could you please identify this plant for me? My aunt had one for years and it grew
in an old ditch bank. We would love to get some more plants, but have no idea what
to ask for.
I get a lot of questions about this plant. The plant is a Hymenocallis occidentalis--commonly called spider lily. This plant is native in our state and can be seen growing
in ditch banks and moist areas, especially in the southern part of the state. The
sword-like gray-green foliage emerges in late spring and may die down in later summer
in dry weather. The flowers appear in late summer or autumn. The 6 to 8 brilliant
white blooms are up to 7 inches across. They prefer moist areas in partial shade.
Another name for it is Hymenocallis caroliniana.
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