1. Eastern Goldfinch on Echinacea purpurea seedhead, Dianthus ssp. and Heuchera ‘Brownie’ and H. ‘Citronelle’ behind left, Sedum ‘October Daphne’ behind right.
2. Eastern Golfinch on Echinacea purpurea seedhead, Hosta ‘Sum And Substance’ behind.
3. Buckeye butterfly on Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum.
4. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar on Bronze fennel, Foeniculum vulgare.
5. Japanese blood grass, Imperata cylindra ‘Rubra’, Hosta ‘Gold Edger’ behind.
6. Lycoris radiata.
7. Lycoris radiata.
8. Lycoris radiata.
9. Lycoris radiata, Hosta ‘Sunpower’ behind.
10. Lycoris radiata, Hosta ‘Sunpower’ behind.
11. Surprise! Bet you thought it was going to be another Lycoris shot! Instead, it is a
Buckeye rare Tawny Emperor butterfly, thanks Randy!, that decided to attached itself for a salty snack to the bottom side of my upper arm while I was perusing plants inside the very warm greenhouse at Mouse Creek Nursery. Getting the camera in the right position was a struggle. He was not going to let go, even with vigorous arm shaking, after the photo session was over. Finally he was gently plucked with thumb and forefinger from his suctioning and placed on a Rudbeckia.
Facts about Lycoris radiata from Mobot:
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 5b-10 where bulbs may be grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering is in part shade. Plant bulbs 9” apart in fall with the top 1/4″ of the neck of each bulb exposed. Plants appreciate even moisture during their growing season, but may be best sited in areas where soils remain relatively dry during the summer dormant season. Plants will naturalize by bulb-offsets and form small colonies over time.
Red spider lily is a late summer-blooming bulb of the amaryllis family. Strap-like grayish-green leaves appear in fall only after bloom is finished. Leaves overwinter and remain in the landscape before eventually disappearing in late spring. Naked flower scapes emerge from the ground in late summer to early fall, each bearing an umbel of 4-6 showy coral-red flowers. Each flower (to 2” long) has significantly reflexed tepals and exceptionally long stamens resembling spider legs, hence the common name of Spider Lily. Scapes typically rise to 1-2’ tall. Plants of this species have a short flower tube resulting in the sometimes-used common name of short tube lycoris. Plants are also sometimes commonly called hurricane lily, especially in Florida, because the flowers bloom in hurricane season. Plants in the genus Lycoris are sometimes commonly called resurrection flower, surprise lily, magic lily or naked ladies because the leaves disappear in summer with the flower spikes seemingly rising from the dead in late summer. Genus name comes for the name of the Roman mistress of Marc Antony. Specific epithet from Latin means “spoke” in reference to the spreading flower tepals.
The plant growing at Fairegarden was ordered in August of 2008 from Plant Delights Nursery. This is its first ever bloom here. We are surprised at the magical resurrection of the naked lady spider as Hurricane Earl approaches the eastern shores of the US.