Sunday, September 9, 2007

Naked ladies return

Eight days ago, these were just poking their stems up through the mulch, but now they're in full bloom. I couldn't decide which of these pictures of the spider lilies was the best, so here are all three. I took this when the morning sun was shining on them.


This picture probably captures the color the best. They are red rather than orange.
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I have learned that Lycoris radiata has the brightest red blooms, so that's what these must be. However, there's a white variety, Lycoris albiflora, which I've never seen, that sounds intriguing.

The names for this flower include British soldiers, naked ladies, spider lilies, resurrection lilies and hurricane lilies (related to their bloom at the peak of hurricane season). Does anyone know any others?

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