Lycoris 'Hirao Blue'

Also known as:

  • Hirao Blue Surprise Lily

Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber

Zones

5a-8b

Size

H:20"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

low

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, bright shade, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

pink, blue

Flower Season:

summer

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We are ecstatic to be able to share this rare lycoris, sent by the late Japanese bulb breeder and biochemist Dr. Shuichi Hirao to the late US lycoris breeder Sam Caldwell under the code #251. It appears to us to be a cross of Lycoris longituba x Lycoris sprengeri...the same parent of the famous Lycoris x squamigera. We strongly suspect this may be the Japanese clone that was later named Lycoris 'Blue Pearl', but we will not know for sure until we flower the two side by side. Compared to Lycoris x squamigera, Lycoris 'Hirao Blue' is shorter at 20" tall, the flower is much more blue than pink, and the petals are slightly narrower. After the midsummer flowers, the foliage remains dormant until spring, when the strap-like green leaves appear. Thanks to lycoris collector Glen Melcher for making these available.

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