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Hurricane Lilies for Hurricane Relief

The annual Hurricane Lilies for Hurricane Relief flower bulb sale will be held from October 10 to October 20, 2010. During the sale, individuals may purchase a dozen lycoris radiata (hurricane lily) bulbs for $10 plus tax. A limited number of giant size bulbs will also be available for $2.00 each. All proceeds from the sale go to the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Lycoris radiata are also known in this area as magic lilies, rain lilies, surprise lilies, spider lilies or bare-naked ladies. The bulbs bloom with a circle of red flowers in September and October in the midst of hurricane season, popping up from the ground after rains without any leaves. The leaves come up after the flower stalk has died and remain green all winter, going dormant in late spring or early summer. That makes the bulbs a great plant for winter gardens. To view photos of the bulbs in bloom, go to

Lycoris were featured in the September 2007 edition of Southern Living as one of the hardiest and easiest to grow of all plants for Florida. Once planted, the bulbs continue to bloom without any special care for decades, producing more bulbs every year. They can be planted in any kind of soil and from full sun to full shade.

All of the bulbs are organically grown locally by J. B. Mittan, a director of the World Botanical Gardens, at his private botanical gardens in eastern Leon County. No artificial fertilizers, insecticides, or fungicides are used in growing the bulbs.

To order, email with the desired quantity. Orders may be picked up at the Capital Area Chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311 on October 16 between 9 AM and 3 PM or by appointment only between October 10 and October 20 at the Mittan Botanical Gardens, 11398 Buck Lake Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317-8648.

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