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...and she's a beauty.

Naked Lady Lily (Lycoris squamigera)
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Gooseville, WI

Also known as a Magic Lily, Resurrection Lily or Surprise Lily, these bulbous plants belong to the amaryllis family and are native to southern Japan.

I love the soft pastels fading from center yellow into light pink and edged in pale blue.

I first noticed the very early maturing leaves this spring. Whatever this plant was, I didn't plant it. Squirrels?

pink naked lady lily
April 4th, 2012
August 1st, 2012
By July 4th, the folliage had faded and died back and I thought the plant was dead from the heat and drought. I forgot about it.

The other day, I noticed nearly three-foot long stems swaying gracefully where the leaves of the plant had died.  

August 1st, 2012
August 2nd, 2012
Wow, it was a surprise. It was magic. It was resurrected and without foliage, it was naked.
August 3rd, 2012
Now, I not only wonder where my naked lady came from, I want to know how long her blooms will grace my yard.

What's happening in your neighborhood? Got any naked ladies in your yard? Everyone is welcome here to drop a note in the bucket.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 09:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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