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Red Hurricane Lily
Amaryllidaceae
Lycoris radiata


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Herb


Amaryllidaceae Family

Lycoris Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Resurrection Flower, Surprise Lily, Schoolhouse Lily, Naked Lady. or Magic Lily


Location

Native to East Asia

Physical Description
At the height of the hurricane season each October, 18-24 in (46-61 cm) tall leafless stalks topped with clusters of brilliant red flowers appear seemingly overnight and out of nowhere. Each of the 5-7 flowers has extremely long anthers, giving the 8 in (20 cm) cluster a spider-like appearance. Only after the flowers have withered in a week or two do the narrow, strap-like basal leaves appear. The leaves themselves deteriorate by the following summer and for several weeks there is no clue that the hurricane lily is there waiting for its time.


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General Information

This particular spider lily has been cultivated since the early 1800's in the U.S. and is considered an "heirloom plant" in the South.

Medicinal Uses: The root is used in the treatment of swellings, ulcers and the nervous afflictions of children. The bulb is emetic and expectorant; a decoction is used to counteract poison and is also applied to ulcers and swellings. The bulb can be made into a plaster and is then applied to burns and scalds. The plant is said to have anticancer properties

Food Uses: Bulb - cooked. It is used as a source of starch. The bulb is 2.5 to 3.5cm in diameter. Caution is advised: The bulb contains toxins and must be leached before it is used for food

Other Notes: Japan, they are widely used at the edges of rice paddy fields to provide a strip of bright flowers in the summer, and over 230 cultivars have been selected for garden use. They are locally naturalized in the southeastern United States, where they are often called hurricane flowers. Chinese people often use them as decorations in festivals or celebrations.

Since these scarlet flowers usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox, they are described in Chinese and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that grow in Diyu, or Huángquán, and guide the dead into the next reincarnation.

Warning: Due to Lycorine, an alkaloid in the bulb there is a low toxicity in children and pets if eaten. The signs of toxicity are Abdominal pain, salivation, shivering, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea



Red Hurricane Lily


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