Lycoris radiata (L'Her.) Herbert - Hurricane Lily
Family - Liliaceae
Base of flower.
Flowering - August - October.
Habitat - Widely cultivated and escaped to disturbed sites, waste places, old homesites. Almost always in sandy soil.
Origin - Native to Asia.
Other information - This attractive species can be found throughout much of Alabama but is rarely reported as an escape. The naked flowering scapes arise from deep bulbs during the fall and then quickly wilt. The plant makes a great garden specimen but seems to prefer well drained (sandy) soil. No other species of lily in Alabama resembles it.
Photographs taken off Hwy 65 near Lake Providence, LA., 10-1-06.