Lycoris squamigera in the garden

Jim McKenney
Mon, 08 Aug 2005 10:01:23 PDT
Now that Lycoris squamigera is blooming, I'm giving more thought to the
question of how to use this plant effectively in the garden. In particular,
have any of you seen a planting of this Lycoris which combined the Lycoris
with other plants in a particularly effective way? Or a planting which used
the Lycoris alone in a particularly effective way? 

One traditional combination, that of Lycoris squamigera  and Hosta, is very
nice. So too is the combination of Lycoris squamigera and ferns. I have not
tried it myself, but Lycoris squamigera and garden Phlox should make a nice
combination, at least if some thought is given to the colors of the Phlox. 

This Lycoris combines very handsomely with big bushes of dwarf box.  

Leadwort is another very good companion for Lycoris squamigera, and I envy
those of you who can grow both Lycoris squamigera and Ceratostigma
willmottianum, which is taller than the C. plumbaginoides I grow here.

I notice that hardy ageratum, Eupatorium coelestinum, is starting to bloom
here, too: has anyone tried this with Lycoris squamigera? 

The big Sedum cultivars with glaucous foliage might make good companions,

I'm thinking pink and blue here, but maybe combining the Lycoris with
something in a suitable shade of red would be nice, too. 

And what about the range of "purple" leaved plants such as barberry, basil,
perilla, smoke tree and so on: they might work, too. 

Does anyone have some favorites? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the naked ladies
currently cavort over equally bare earth. 


-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of J.E. Shields
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 9:59 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Lycoris, Crinum and other blooms

Hi all,

The first Lycoris are in bloom here -- Lycoris sprengeri. I have a couple 
of scapes up on LL. longituba, but no flowers open on them yet. L. 
chinensis should not be far behind.

Other than this, things are pretty quiet in my garden just now. I do have a 
couple scapes in bloom on Crinum variabile (in the ground) and a scape is 
up on Crinum lineare (in a 5-gal. container).

I have not seen any signs of scapes on any Hymenocallis occidentalis so far 
this season.  Other Hymenocallis in pots have bloomed well this year -- 
durangoensis, liriosme, henryae, palmeri, latifolia, maximilianii, rotata, 
eucharidifolia.  Even had one scape and blooms on harrisiana!  H. 
harrisiana almost never blooms for me.  They have not been so generous at 
setting seed this year, unfortunately.

My Leptochiton quitoense seem to  be dwindling away.  Only had one flower 
and no seeds on quitoense this year.

A question for our taxonomists:  What is the gender of Leptochiton?  I 
assume it is neuter, but I don't really know.  The ending -on in Greek 
usually equates to the neuter ending -um in Latin, but is that always true?

Nerine krigei has been blooming, and now we have one flower open on Nerine 
laticoma.  I've been trying to set seed on krigei using stored pollen from 
N. bowdenii (Aad Koen's hardy clone).  It looks like I may have gotten one 
or two seeds at least.  NN. krigei and filifolia cross readily; the plants 
from [filifolia X krigei] have twisted leaves like the pollen parent 
(krigei).  Maybe I'll try to cross laticoma and krigei.  I want to try 
[bowdenii X laticoma] or the reverse, as well.  Since bowdenii does not 
bloom until November, I'll have to store the pollen of laticoma to make 
that cross.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

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