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Lycoris squamigera, the resurrection lily, is a plant in the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.[2] It is also sometimes referred to as naked ladies. It is believed to have originated in Japan or China, perhaps a hybrid between Lycoris straminea and Lycoris incarnata.[3] It is now cultivated as an ornamental in many places, and naturalized in Korea.[4]

Lycoris squamigera
Lycoris squamigera2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Lycoris
L. squamigera
Binomial name
Lycoris squamigera
  • Amaryllis hallii Baker
  • Hippeastrum squamigerum (Maxim.) H.Lév.


Lycoris squamigera is an herbaceous plant with basal, simple leaves, which are not present when the flowers emerge from the crown. The leaves sprout and grow in the spring, then die back during June; flowers appear in late July or early August. The flowers are white or pink and fragrant. The flowers spring dramatically from the ground in mid to late summer; it usually takes only four to five days from first emergence to full bloom.[5] This suddenness is reflected in its common names: surprise lily, magic lily, and resurrection lily.

Flowers emerged, leaves are not present. Two bud on short stem from ground, Chiba Japan in 2008 August.


  1. ^ The Plant List
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Amaryllidoideae
  3. ^ "Lycoris squamigera". Floridata. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  4. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  5. ^ Maximowicz, Carl Johann. 1885. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 6: 79–80