Lycoris squamigera in warm climates

Nathan Lange
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:34:56 PDT

Is anyone successfully growing and flowering Lycoris squamigera in 
USDA hardiness zone 9 (average annual extreme minimum temperature of 
20F, -7C)? I have never seen them in flower along the coast or in the 
interior valleys of California. The plants are often described by 
bulb vendors as suitable for areas as warm as zones 8 or 9 but I 
suspect the bulbs require too much vernalization (more than tulips) 
to flower in areas with warm winters. All the reported online 
sightings of this species flowering in California seem to be 
misidentified Amaryllis belladonna plants which are somewhat similar 
in appearance and flowering time. I was hoping to grow L. squamigera 
without refrigeration.


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