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Uses

Toxic parts

The bulb contains toxins and must be leached before it is used for food[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Bulb - cooked. It is used as a source of starch[1][2]. The bulb is 4cm in diameter[3]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Lycoris squamigera.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Lycoris squamigera.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse and should germinate in the spring[3]. Sow the seed thinly so that it does not need to be disturbed for its first year of growth. Give an occasional liquid feed during the growing season to ensure the plants do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when the plants become dormant, placing 2 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another 2 years in the greenhouse before planting them out when they are dormant. Division of offsets in the dormant season[3].

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Cultivation

Requires a deep well-drained sandy soil rich in organic matter in full sun[3]. The bulb should be planted quite shallowly so that it can ripen well after flowering[4].

Hardy to at least -15°c, the leaves are produced in early spring and persist until late summer[3]. Plants need a warm period in late summer in order to ripen the bulbs and induce flowering in the following year[5]. A very ornamental species, each bulb producing a number of flowering stems in mid to late summer[4]. The flowers are very sweetly scented, the scent pervading the whole garden[4]. Plants are attractive to slugs and need to be protected from them[3].

Very sensitive to root disturbance, the bulbs can take some years to become well established[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Lycoris squamigera. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Lycoris squamigera.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Lycoris squamigera
Genus
Lycoris
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    ?
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
    5. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
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