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Lycoris x incarnata 'Blue Pearl'
JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Lycoris x incarnata 'Blue Pearl'

Blue Pearl Surprise Lily

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Item #: 9759

Zones: 5a to 8b, guessing

Dormancy: Summer

Height: 22" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Hybrid

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


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(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.