Lycoris squamigera in warm climates

Lee Poulsen
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:34:41 PDT
I think I tried L. squamigera way back when and it just dwindled and disappeared. However, I just missed an early spike of L. sprengeri that was being hidden by some giant leaves of Scadoxus puniceus. I hope there will be more of them soon; it's one of my favorites. However, I also noticed a bunch of scapes of L. shaanxiensis just starting to appear out of the ground.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

On Jul 28, 2014, at 5:23 PM, James Waddick <> wrote:

> Dear Nathan,
> 	Lycoris squamigera is a cold temperate bulb while Amaryllis belladonna is more Mediterranean in climate regards. These are of course generalizations and I do not know all California climates, but in general in areas where Lycoris squamigera is easy, Amaryllis belladonna is essentially impossible and vice versa.  I do not know of any location where both grow and bloom equally well.  Any one know otherwise with correct identifications?
> 	While Amaryllis is a small specialized genus, Lycoris has some 20 or so species including numerous adapted to mild climates, just not L. squamigera. 
> 	Right now L. sanguinea from Japan is starting to bloom and initiate the Lycoris season. This species may also do well in milder climates. Of course the star of mild climates is L. radiata a bright red/scarlet flowering species from Japan. It survives and blooms in my climate, but shines in milder climates.
> 	Just can grow everything. 			Best		Jim W. in Kansas City, MO

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