Friday, August 22, 2008

Lycoris Sprengeri: New Kid On The Block

For some time, I have wanted to try some types of lycoris other than the old-fashioned surprise lily, Lycoris squamigera. Last fall I finally sprang for a single bulb of Lycoris sprengeri, endemic to China and sometimes called the Tie Dye or Blue-Tipped Lycoris. It actually is a parent of Lycoris squamigera, the latter being a hybrid of Lycoris sprengeri x straminea.
I must say, my small investment has been a success; sprengeri has shorter flower stalks, at 18 inches, and smaller, more trumpet-like flowers. The flowers are pink, overlain with a ghostly, electric blue color.
There are several other types (species and hybrids) of lycoris I would perhaps stand some chance of keeping in our 5a garden; I mean to try Lycoris sanguinea next.

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Beautiful! Nice purple/blue shade!!
What a beautiful photograph! Nice!
Another beautiful flower that was previously unknown to me. :) Nice!
It is a charming little thing, with a great color. I wonder if it would bloom better for me than L.squamigera?
I have seen other varieties of the "Surprise Lily" lately. That is a beautiful flower. I'd like the diversity. :-)
I'm not a big fan of Lycoris squamigera, but this sprengeri......oooooh! This has that gorgeous delphinium blue-purple that I'm such a big fan of when it comes to flower color.
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