Surprise Lilly! Looks Like a Pink Amaryllis in the Gardens

pink surprise lilly

pink surprise lilly

Well, I haven’t had too many surprises of late as I take my morning walks around the property. The hibiscus flowers were a welcome spot of color, but they gave me a heads up with their buds. The black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and purple coneflowers (echinacea) are slowly fading away.  The phlox are mostly little seedpods waiting to burst, and the mints have sent up their lavender flowers.

Well, the farm still has her secrets! I actually dropped my jaw when I saw this spot of pink. I didn’t see the buds a few days ago, so it’s almost as if they sprouted from nowhere on the side of the porch where I don’t always peak.

The plant looks like an Amaryllis, but I don’t see the leaves at the base I’m accustomed to seeing. Admittedly, the extent of my Amaryllis experience consists of watering a coworker’s plant about 10 years ago. I’m not even sure when Amaryllis naturally bloom in the mid-Atlantic if planted outside.

Can anyone confirm what this is? I have this overzealous desire to label all of the flowers on the farm :) Please share any tips to help it reach its fullest potential. It’s in full sun. – Stacey Morgan Smith

<<UPDATE – looks like my suprise pink amaryllis is really a surprise lilly, or Lycoris squamigera. How fitting that it surprised me!>>

pink surprise lilly

pink surprise lilly

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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