Pink Surprise Lily (Lycoris)

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Pink Surprise Lily is as fun as it is lovely. Smooth grey-green foliage arrives in spring and dies back by summer. Then, later in the summer, almost as if by magic, slender stems arise bearing clusters of fragrant, delicate, star-shaped flowers. Once established, this hardy plant will return for many years to delight and surprise. (Lycoris squamigera)
Zones 5 - 9
Deer Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size24-26" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeLate summer to frost
SizeBag of 1

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

24-26" tall x 12" wide. Pink Surprise Lily is a fun addition to the summer garden. Once established 'Pink Surprise' will naturalize and return every summer to enchant and delight. Add unique color in woodland gardens, in meadows, or pair with hostas or other leafy perennials to hide their fading foliage. Plant Pink Surprise Lily in well-draining, compost-enriched soil in a sunny to part-shade location, with the top of the bulb 2-3" below soil level and 6-8" apart. Water and mulch with compost in colder zones. Surprise Lily needs only moderate water during the summer after the leaves die back. It may take a season or two to establish, so be patient, as they are well worth the wait! Pest resistant, and deer avoid them.

More Information
Common Name
Pink Surprise Lily
Botanical Name
Lycoris squamigera Pink
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Strap-shaped green leaves.
Mature Height
24-26" tall
Bulb Spacing
1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bulb Size
10-12 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 5" deep
Bloom Time
Late summer to frost
Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers
Soil Type
Well-Drained Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Minor Toxicity
Item Unit
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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