Lycoris longituba

White Surprise Lily

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Lycoris longituba known as the white spider lily is a large handsome plant from China with flower stems reaching to nearly 3 feet. The large, regular, lily-shaped flowers are variable in color, and a pale yellow form,

Lycoris longituba flava has been named. Up to 15 different colors and forms from white to yellow to pink and median shades have been recognized in China. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and is a vigorous and fertile diploid readily producing seed and hybridizing with other fertile species. It is believed to be one of the parents of the sterile triploid, Lycoris squamigera.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
5 - 9