Lycoris x incarnata 'Blue Pearl'
Blue Pearl Surprise Lily
Item #: 9759
Zones: 5a to 8b, guessing
Height: 22" tall
Culture: Sun to Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
(aka: Lycoris 'Hirao Blue') The late Japanese bulb breeder and biochemist Dr. Shuichi Hirao first sent Lycoris 'Blue Pearl' to the late US lycoris breeder Sam Caldwell under the code #251. We've waffled back and forth between this being a selection of Lycoris sprengeri or a cross of Lycoris sprengeri and Lycoris longituba, but due to its sterility and other factors have returned to it being the same hybrid as the well-known Lycoris x squamigera. The 22" tall, dark purple stalks are topped with burgundy pink buds that open into 6-7 light blue flowers with a faint blush of pink, mostly on the petal backs. After the midsummer flowers, the foliage remains dormant until spring, when the strap-like green leaves appear. Thanks to lycoris collector Glen Melcher for making these available.