A Colorful Surprise During Hurricane Season
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener Sometime, whether at a plant sale or plant swap, I got a Hurricane Lily from my dear friend Mildred. It has a very unusual life cycle so I am surprised every time I see it emerge. The plant goes by many names including Resurrection Lily and Red Spider Lily but the botanical name Lycoris radiata remains constant. My husband and I were sitting on the porch waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Laura and I noticed that the Hurricane Lily was blooming its bright red head off. Hurricane Lily is grown from a bulb and the short daffodil like stems come out after blooming to spring and then fade away. You won’t see any signs of life and forget about the plant until August and there it is. The blooms have long stamens that look like spider-legs but unfortunately the show doesn’t persist for long.