Magic Lily

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Romantic and whimsical, the pastel pink Squamigera Lycoris (Lycoris 'Squamigera') is a variety of Spider Lily with big pompoms of softly-hued blooms with a lavender iridescent sheen that seems to magically pop out of the ground when you least expect it!

The strappy long green leaves form lush fountains in the spring and summer months then vanish like most bulbs. But then Surprise! Tall stems with a crown of long-petalled pink trumpet-shaped blooms that are fragrant and super showy! Seeming to appear out of nowhere around August to September, it's no wonder why they've earned the common names Pink Magic Lily, Surprise Lily, Resurrection Lily, and Naked Ladies!

These balloon-sized blooms are magical in their own right. These large trumpet-shaped blooms have six broad and reflexed petals that often have accents of purple and lavender and honey-yellow throats. Each umbel typically produces several blooms that reach outwards in a radiant crown. And if the sun hits them just right, you can see their golden throats glowing from the inside out. Perfect for your bees, butterflies and Hummingbirds to stop by for a visit!

The name Lycoris references a minor Greek goddess, and Squamigera means "bearing scales," referring to the small scales that give the flower an iridescent sheen! Heat and humidity throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 10, but hardy perennials in zones 7-10, Magic Lilies can grow to 2 feet when in bloom! These are considered fall-planted bulbs in Hardiness Zones 6-10 despite flowering in the late summer.

Landscape Application:

This lovely plant can be the star of the show as a specimen or used as a background in your garden bed. It also pairs well with unique assistants, tall architectural flowering bulbs and plants, both tropical plants or wildlfowers, and among showy foliage plants! Pair with other unique colored flowers like blues, wines, maroon, and silver.

Squamigera Magic Lilies bring a tropical feel to Cottage gardens and around seating areas, mixing happily among your perennials and flowering shrubs when not in bloom, then by late summer - they're stealing the show!

Able to be dressed up or dressed down, these lovely pink blooms have just the right amount of showy and girl next door! Plant in orderly rows along pathways where the fountains of foliage become great edging, in winding ribbons throughout the front to middle areas of your landscaping beds, or in evenly spaced groupings in a formal Rock garden.

For a more informal effect, adding random bulbs throughout your Rose gardens and other perennial bulb borders, cut flower gardens, and poolside seating areas, always brings an unexpected shock of pastel color when you least expect it! Plus pretty flowers for bouquets or thrillers in high-end-looking floral arrangements!

In marginal growing zones and warm climates alike, Squamigera work in containers and large planters! Either use these Amaryllis family relatives in annual container displays on your front porch, as seasonal accent planters around your outdoor entertaining areas (and treated like Canna Lily or Dahlia and brought into an above-freezing location for the winter), or as permanent container thrillers in frost-free growing zones!

  • Big Umbels of Trumpet-Shaped Soft Pink Flowers
  • Pink Blooms Have AN Iridescent Lavender Sheen
  • Long Strappy Green Foliage Fountains
  • Surprise Blooms Late August - September
  • Fragrant & Great Cut Flowers!
  • Attract Hummingbirds & Pollinators
  • Showy Late Summer Bed & Border Specimens, Accents & Focal Points
  • Foliage is Lush Green Edging & Garden Filler

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5-10, Spider Lily Lycoris flowering stems can reach up to 18 inches tall. They thrive in full sun or partial shade and moist, enriched soil that drains well. Fast-growing, they love mulched beds but also won't mind drying out a bit between waterings.

Once the flower heads fade, go ahead and deadhead them to the ground. Once the foliage yellows, trim it back and remove it from the area. Because of this perennial bulb's unique lifecycle, place a marker in your soil so you know where to expect the foliage and flowers throughout the season - unless you like surprises!

Magic Lilies grow well as perennials in warmer zones. In other regions, they cannot handle the cold. No matter where you're located, you can enjoy these magical beauties in containers or as annuals. Give these bulbs extra protection in the winter with an extra layer of mulch and/or compost over their planting area for insulation. In marginal areas of USDA zone 6 and lower, you can lift the bulbs before winter and store them in an area that won't freeze.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade Locations
  • Needs Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Prune Foliage Away Once Yellow
  • Provide Protection From Freezing Temperatures
  • Deer & Rabbits Seldom Bother With These

No matter what you call this lovely plant you'll love its magical late-summer show. Don't miss your chance to get cozy with this down-to-earth free spirit! Order your Squamigera Lycoris Magic Lily from today! We will ship your bulbs based on the correct planting time for your hardiness zone so you don't have to worry.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Magic Lily Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Lycoris squamigera
Type Perennial
Mature Height 20 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Soft Pink & Lavender Sheen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes
Spacing 5 inches