Magic Lily Bulb

Item #07918


Large clusters of blushing blooms when you least expect them

Foliage dies down weeks before the blooms appear.

Most of the tricks garden plants play on us are disappointing, so Magic Lily's dramatic, overnight late-summer bloom is all the more welcome. One of the stars of the sunny garden, this reliable performer puts on the final show of the season, offering large, bold trumpets of rosy-pink just as the bright annuals and perennials are fading.

The glossy early-spring foliage passes and dies back weeks or even months before the blooms appear, and you may have forgotten all about them (or reluctantly chalked up a garden failure) when suddenly, almost literally overnight, the blooms open atop thick, leafless stems. The 2½-foot stalks are a useful size for the border or bed—not tall enough to need staking, yet definitely a stately presence.

The blooms are 2 to 3 inches across, their long petals bent back a bit to reveal a golden throat and prominent russet anthers. Long-lasting and quite abundant, they look too good to be true, but require nothing from you except admiration.

The pink cast of these blooms led to the common name of Naked Ladies, but the flowers are also called the Resurrection Lily and Surprise Lily. Of course, it turns out that they aren't lilies at all (that would be too easy), but a member of the Amaryllis family.

The original "plant and forget" bulb, Magic Lily asks only full sun and reasonably well-drained soil. Does not bloom the first year.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Lycoris
Species squamigera
Item Form Bulb
Zone 5 - 10
Bloom Start To End Late Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 2 ft 6 in
Plant Width 18 in
Bloom Size 2 in - 3 in
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Heirloom, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Apricot, Pink, Rose
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Naturalizing, Outdoor
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

August 12, 2013


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Some years they bloom, but other years they don't bloom. After the blooms are over, could I cut them back? How far from the ground?

Diane Gehman from PA

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