What is it?
Mike Dana, Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist,
No this isn’t a daylily, in fact its not even,
really, a lily.
It's part of the Amaryllis plant family, and it
classified in the genus Lycoris. Specifically, this flower is on
the plant Lycoris squamigera. You may know it as magic lily or
L. squamigera blooms in late summer when the naked
scapes (flowering stalks) arise from the underground bulb without
any leaves in sight. The plant’s leaves develop in spring,
along with the daffodils, but fade by mid summer.
A good horticultural attribute of L.
squamigera is its lack of successful seed development. The plant is a sterile
triploid inter-specific hybrid, thought to have resulted from a
cross of the species L. straminea and L.
incarnata. Thus, although
a native of the Orient, it is not much of threat to become an aggressive,
invasive species in North America. It is propagated by division
of the bulbs.