Lycoris x elsiae 'Dorman'
Elsiae Surprise Lily
Item #: 9126
Zones: 7b to 9b, at least
Height: 15" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
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(aka: Lycoris carnea) Lycoris x elsiae 'Dorman' is an heirloom surprise lily, occasionally passed around between Gulf Coast gardening friends, so we are pleased to offer it for the first time. Lycoris x elsiae 'Dorman' flowers in September with 15" tall, "nekkid," shiny black stalks that are topped with creamy-white, spidery flowers. Each petal is highlighted by a peach midrib. After the flowers fade, the small clumps of narrow, green, evergreen leaves emerge in October and persist until May. Lycoris x elsiae 'Dorman' is another of the surprise lilies with a mysterious origin, but DNA studies suggest it is most likely a cross of Lycoris radiata x Lycoris aurea (aka: traubii). Our plants are from Greg Grant, who got them from the late Caroline Dorman, who got them from the late lycoris breeder, Sam Caldwell. Don't you be late in ordering yours.