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We are ecstatic to be able to share this rare lycoris, sent by the late Japanese bulb breeder and biochemist Dr. Shuichi Hirao to the late US lycoris breeder Sam Caldwell under the code #251. It appears to us to be a cross of Lycoris longituba x Lycoris sprengeri...the same parent of the famous Lycoris x squamigera. We thought this was the same as Lycoris 'Blue Pearl', but it proved to be decidedly different. Compared to Lycoris x squamigera, Lycoris 'Hirao Blue' is shorter at 20" tall, the flower is much more blue than pink, and the petals are slightly narrower. 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.
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