Lycoris season 1

Steve Marak
Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:26:37 PDT

Lycoris season is slowing getting under way in NW Arkansas, but I can't 
make any sense of it.

Two particular plants of L. longituba are usually the first Lycoris in 
our garden to flower, but not this year - no sign of them yet.

L. squamigera planted on the upper slope of a ditch have been blooming for 
a week. Others not in the ditch aren't even showing a stalk - but they're 
all the same stock (the ones in the ditch are divisions of the others). 
Most years, when L. squamigera starts flowering, every one we've got 
that's going to flower is blooming within a few days.

One small group of L. chinensis is in flower, and the L. sanguineum, and 
nothing else. 

We've had more rain during this July than I recall in 30+ years here, so 
much that we've had local flooding, so availability of water isn't an 


On Tue, 27 Jul 2010, James Waddick wrote:

> Dear Friends,
> 	As I mentioned earlier, Lycoris season has begun here in Kansas City.
> I was driving around a day ago and was surprised to see a few L. squamigera in
> bloom. This is nearly the ONLY Lycoris you see in my area.  My plants have not
> put on a sign of a flower stalk yet. Hold that thought.
> 	Since L. sanguineum is the usual first to bloom I really wondered. I
> came home and ripped away the veil of weeds around my L. sanguineum bulb spot
> and found two stalks with 3 or 4 spent flowers. I had totally missed them.
> This is quite early.
> 	Since then, more stalks have appeared. 2 different L. chinensis x
> longituba are in bloom today. One with very pale petals and strong yellow
> mid-stripe, the other a more uniform primrose yellow; both with the longituba
> form.
> 	I often pick up a few more bulbs of L. squamigera when the opportunity
> arrives. 2 years ago I got some left over from a local flower club plant sale.
> These have started to bloom - 3 plants but even these are early.  These early
> blooming squamigera are a few feet from a bed of over 100 bulbs none of which
> show a hint of a flower stalk yet.
> 	It is long thought that L. squamigera is a natural hybrid, triploid
> and sterile. I agree, but might this natural hybrid  have occurred multiple
> times and places resulting in various very similar clones separated mainly by
> bloom season?  The early plants mentioned above were growing in a slightly
> protected part of the city, but my newly blooming plants are too close to
> older non-blooming plants to make me wonder.
> 	I have multiple patches of L. squamigera around my 1 acre garden. They
> usually bloom within a few days of each other, but these new ones are clearly
> jumping the schedule.
> 	I can't help but wonder.		Any thoughts?		Jim W.
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