We have some lovely flowers in the South and many of them are not native but are still very well adapted to the area without being invasive. The flowers pictured above have many common names...spider lilies, magic lilies and apropos of my blog, British soldiers! I saw these last September on the way to my family reunion. I wanted to stop and take a photo of them but alas, we were in a hurry. Luckily for me, I discovered some blooming behind the building where the reunion was being held! Aren't they gorgeous in their stand up and be counted shade of RED!
There is another lily very much like it that is blooming now, only it is pink and you will love this, they are called "naked ladies". No, I'm not kidding! In Southern Living magazine, there is a very good gardening columnist and he just wrote an article about them. You may read it just here. He titled the piece, "Surround yourself with naked ladies"! He is very knowledgeable about plants and flowers but very funny too! (Called the "Grumpy Gardener", I think he should call himself the the "Hilarious Gardener"!)
Here's the thing- I saw so many of these beautiful red flowers last September that I felt sure that they were native. Imagine my surprise to learn that they are really from Japan and to see so many of them, means that the people of North Georgia simply love these red flowers and have passed them along to each other for years! (Lycoris radiata...first from China, but then, to Japan, where they were then sent to the USA.)
One of my most vivid memories of my grandmother, is of her "rooting" plants to give away to others. I wonder if she knew of this red beauty?
According to Southern Living magazine, some of the top pass along plants in the southern United States are as follows:
spider lily (star of this post!)
How many of these do you know? (You know I know them all!) Do you have any of them in your garden? I think of these, the only one that is native to Georgia would be the canna. The daffodil is native to northern Europe and the others are native to Asia.
By the way, if anyone has a spider lily and wants to pass it on to me, I will happily accept it! I would love to have that bright red in my garden! Better yet, maybe I could buy a spider lily bulb and then, pass it along to others.
Hey, I must be more like my grandmother than I realize!
Let me know if you have any of these flowers now, you hear?
Take care and don't forget to admire flowers wherever you are!