Herb: Golden Spider Lily


Latin name: Lycoris aurea


Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis Family)



Medicinal use of Golden Spider Lily:

The crushed bulb is used as a poultice for treating burns, scalds and ulcers. The bulb contains lycorine, which is cytotoxic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Bulb


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
May to
July

Habitat of the herb:

oblanceolate, ca. 3 ?? 0.5 cm, margin strongly undulate. Stamens Shady and moist places on slopes and in rock crevices at elevations from 100 - 2300 metres.

Propagation of Golden Spider Lily:

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse and should germinate in the spring. 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.

Cultivation of the herb:

oblanceolate, ca. 3 ?? 0.5 cm, margin strongly undulate. Stamens Shady and moist places on slopes and in rock crevices at elevations from 100 - 2300 metres.

Known hazards of Lycoris aurea:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.