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Lycoris x rosea 'Matchsticks'

Matchsticks Surprise Lily

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Item #: 13562

Zones: 7a to 9b

Dormancy: Summer

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


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Lycoris x rosea 'Matchsticks' is a 2020 Plant Delights Nursery/JLBG introduction of a unique Sam Caldwell hybrid of Lycoris x rosea that we acquired as Lycoris radiata 'Dark Red'. While the flowers open a dark cranberry-scarlet, they soon take on the blue petal tips indicative of a cross with Lycoris sprengeri. Plants like this were referred to by Caldwell as Lycoris x jacksoniana, an invalid name referring to his hybrids of Lycoris radiata x sprengeri that had been backcrossed again with Lycoris radiata. This highly prized selection produces 18" tall stalks in mid- August with the dazzling flower clusters. It has taken us 8 years to build up enough stock to share for the first time.

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