Nerine/Lycoris-I'm so confused!

Burger, Steve
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 06:15:22 PST
This may not clear it up completely, but Lycoris radiata foliage survives the single digits F for sure.  I can't tell you about blooms and frost, since mine all bloom very clear of any frost.  

As for looks, I'm no Nerine guy, so I can't really compare.  If your neighbor is claiming Lycoris radiata, the foliage is very Crocus-like.  Little stripe longitudinally down the leaf.  Narrow strappy foliage.  

Does this help?

Steve Burger
Dallas, Ga 
USDA 7b (8b since 2000)
-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Terry Hernstrom
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 07:12 PM
Subject: [pbs] Nerine/Lycoris-I'm so confused!

Dear All,

A lovely lady gave me a bag of bulbs last summer. She claimed they were
Lycoris. I was excited because the only Lycoris I had in the garden was
Lycoris radiata.
So being the ultimate procrastinator I didn't get them in the ground, so
potted them up. Just before Christmas, after the pots were full of lush
foliage, most pots bloomed.
They have just finished after enduring our killer freeze,(5 nights of
22degree F.) without a bit of damage. Meanwhile some old garden Nerines
bowdenii were blooming under similar temperatures in the ground.

Well last night I was visiting my lady friend and the subject of her
'Lycoris' came up. Being the smarty pants I think I am I said to her I
thought maybe the bulbs she gave me were really Nerine. The flowers looked
so much like my garden Nerines. She smiled and waved her finger in my face,
in a friendly way of course, and swore those bulbs were Lycoris.

So googley google on the www finding photos to compare. I am so confused L.
haywardii looks so much like N. bowdenii. I got tired and decided to see
what this PBS thread has to say. Anyone want to set me straight to which
bulbs my friend gave me. Is Lycoris that tough? Are the bulbs in my garden
really Nerines???

Terry Hernstrom

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