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Surprise or Resurrection Lily

Surprise Lily

Plant of the week!

This week's plant has been popping up everywhere in the past couple of weeks! It's the Surprise Lily or Resurrection Lily (Lycoris squamigera).

The surprise lily is an interesting plant because the long, strap like leaves of this late summer-blooming bulb of the Amaryllis family will emerge in spring and then die back to the ground in June. Then in late summer, the 2' tall pink flower scapes appear like magic!

This easy to grow bulb grows best in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Intermix surprise lily with your existing perennials or naturalize it in a woodland garden.

Look for this bulb in garden centers this fall or order online from various sources. Plant bulbs 5-6" deep and 6" apart and mulch well for winter. Then next summer you can enjoy the surprise of this unique plant!

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