Lycoris longituba

Jim McKenney
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 05:58:38 PDT
I have several accessions of Lycoris longituba in the garden, and this year
I’m seeing one of them bloom for the first time. The catalog from which I
purchased these bulbs a few years ago described the blooms as white  From a
distance they do look white, but close up the color is a lot more complex.
There is a warm saffron suffusion to the flowers, sort of like the effect of
orange juice mixed in milk. The developing buds have a diffuse red/pink
stripe on the outside, but as the flower matures this disappears. There is a
nice fragrance, too. 


This one is definitely a keeper, a very nice addition to the rather limited
range of oporanthous bulbs. 


The season for Lycoris squamigera will evidently be a long one this year:
the first appeared weeks ago and others are just emerging. It would be nice
to know what triggers bloom in these bulbs. 


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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