Lycoris Cold Hardiness

Tony Avent
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:10:56 PST

Winter hardiness of plants can vary by as much as 20 degrees F, based on the amount of summer heat they receive or don't receive.  In other words, if a warm climate plant would survive -10 degrees F in a hot summer climate, it will likely not survive lower than +10 degree F in a cool summer climate...hence the reason for the discrepancies in hardiness ratings.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
phone 919 772-4794
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"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it least three times" - Avent

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Barna Sipos
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 5:11 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Lycoris Cold Hardiness

Hi All,

I tried to find some more exact information about the cold hardiness
of some Lycoris species, but every webpage says something different.
(somewhere the L sprengeri hardy to USDA zone 6 but the other page is warning:
"do need to be brought indoors for the winter" in the UK.)
Has anybody got information about these plants? Which one is reliably frost hardy at which USDA zone?
I would be interested mainly the species listed below.

L albiflora
L aurea
L caldwellii
L chinensis
L haywardii
L houdysellii
L longituba
L radiata
L rosaea
L sanguinea
L sprengeri
L traubii

Many Thanks,

Barna Sipos
Hungary, UK

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