Spider Lilies (Lycoris radiata) are now coming up and blooming everywhere in Itawamba County. This beautiful and unusual plant is a welcome sign that the hot days of summer are almost over and the cooler temperatures of autumn days are on their way. The lilies pictured above were photographed in my flower garden this afternoon.
A native of China and Japan, this plant is now widely naturalized in the southeastern United States. These showy surprises of late summer and early autumn have also been called Surprise Lily and Hurricane Lily. Whatever they are called, Lycoris radiata is one of the first signs of autumn in Itawamba County.