Lycoris squamigera, or commonly known as ‘Naked Ladies’...okay, also known as ‘Surprise Lily’, Resurrection Lily’, and ‘Magic Lily’, but who would want to call it any of those names when you can drive down the street with a few people in your car, see these in flower, point and yell, “Look at those Naked Ladies!”? (Or ‘Nekkid Ladies’ if I’m down south. It’s one of my favorite things to do this time of the year.)
This pink, trumpet-shaped bloom makes a real show when it magically appears in August (sometimes early September). It is nicknamed Naked Lady and Surprise Lily because the flowers appear on sturdy, leafless stems. The strap like foliage emerges in the spring season, and dies back early summer. And just when you have forgotten about them, literally overnight the 24-36 inch stalks appear with the most beautiful pink trumpet flowers you’ve ever seen. Hardy to Zone 5 / sun to part sun / well drained soils / deer resistant / usually purchased with spring bulbs in fall, but can be dug and divided after the foliage dies back or after the flowers are finished - bulbs may resent being disturbed and could take a season before they bloom in their new home.