Oxblood lilies in McKinney
I looked back at photos I’ve taken in prior years, and these oxblood lilies have bloomed as early as the first week of September (this year) and as late as the third week of October (last year). They’ve bloomed one time a couple of years, but most years they bloom two or three times. They and I go back 40 years.
A few details…
• Native to Argentina
• Brought to Texas by Hill Country settlers in 1850s
• Until recently rarely sold in stores or by bulb sources – generally passed along from generation to generation
• Grow to 10 inches tall
• Flowers look like miniature amaryllis, ping pong ball-sized
• Best show when planted in masses
• Plant 3 inches deep and 3 inches apart
• Do best in well-draining soil and when left undisturbed so they can multiply
• Blooms following fall rain
• Often rebloom 1-2 weeks later
• Foliage is foot-long, grass-like
• Leaves follow flowers and persist through winter and spring
• Occasionally in independent retail garden centers. Better online bulb retailers offer them. I’ve even bought off eBay, twice with good results and once receiving tiny bulbs. That supplier did note that they would be small. I missed that warning.