Resurrection Lily
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Resurrection Lily
P Introduced Photo: Akhtar Malik
Common name: Resurrection Lily, Magic Lily, Mystery Lily, Surprise Lily
Botanical name: Lycoris squamigera    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)
Synonyms: Amaryllis hallii, Hippeastrum squamigerum

Resurrection Lily is a perennial herb with basal, simple leaves, which are absent at flowering time. The flowers are white or pink and fragrant, borne 5-7 atop an upright leafless stem. Flowers are about 10 cm long, lily like. The flowers dramatically emerge from the ground in mid to late summer; it usually takes only four to five days from first emergence to full bloom. This feature inspired its common names. The leaves sprout and grow in the spring, then die back during June; flowers appear in late July or early August. The strap-like leaves are about 30 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Resurrection Lily is native to SE China to Korea, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Akhtar Malik Photographed in cultivation in Kashmir.

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