Over the years I have collected various plants, shrubs, trees and bulbs from family and friends. My mother in-law gave me the bulbs that produced the flowers below. Blooming in the fall, I usually forget about them until this time of year, when I see the spear like stems emerging from the ground and then the beautiful flowers that follow a few weeks later.
I have always simply called them Spider Lilies and until now, never thought to research them. Per Wikipedia, they are called Lycoris radiata (red spider lily) and are in the amaryllis family. Wikipedia has some very interesting information regarding the origin of the flower and some legends about the flower, some being quite sad.
"Red Spider Lilies are the alarm clock for the sleeping South." – Chris Wiesinger
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