Resurrection Lilies

Resurrection lilies…..

also known as Surprise lilies….

or Naked Ladies.

Their leaves come up a lush green in the spring, and then die back. But later in August, flower stalks emerge topped by delicate bouquets of pink fragrant lilies.

These we found on an abandoned farmstead.

The house is gone, but the owner’s lilies bloom on.


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21 Responses

  1. Carola says:

    My lilies got battered in our last heavy rains so are laying flat instead of standing tall. My mother-in-law always called these “naked ladies” so that’s what I call them too. Such fun to read your blog!

  2. Glenda says:

    I didn’t think mine were coming back with the hot dry weather we’d had this summer.
    A couple of well timed rains brought them on. Whew!

  3. Love. Love. Love. What beautiful light.

  4. beaverbelle says:

    I love this flower, they don’t do well in the OK panhandle but in August we spend 2 weeks in Sparta Ill and they are everywhere! The pictures are beautiful.

  5. Teresa says:

    Mine are blooming right now. They are such beautiful lilies!

  6. Debbie says:

    I only have one, it always surprises me, and today I see the dog (or something) has trampled it over. Darn!
    I want to plant more.

    Ever notice how some years they are slightly different pink colors than other years? Like maybe tinges of lavender or something in the pink?
    They are really pretty this year!Or maybe it has been so hot and dry anything looks prettier!

  7. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    Don’t you just love these homestead lilies!! I also love the spider lilies that bloom down here a bit later — red spidery lilies on a bare stalk. You find them at old homesteads all the time, or along a fence or in the middle of a lawn even.

    Love these naked ladies, too, but I’ve never seen them much down here.

  8. Doe of Mi. says:

    Simply beautiful.

  9. Tina says:

    Very pretty. I wonder if I could grow them in the desert Southwest, zone 10? Iris do well here and they are bulbs too.

    • Suzanne says:

      I think they would do fine. You’ll probably have to water them in July/August especially to help them along.

  10. Darlene says:

    I have seen these at several homes around here. I couldn’t think of the name so thanks for clearing that up.

  11. Charity says:

    Hello Suzanne,

    My name is Charity and I am pastor in Missouri. This Sunday I am preaching a sermon about the harvest is ripe…I love your pictures of the wheat ready to harvest on your blog.

    I didn’t grow up on a farm so I am learning from people online how to know when the harvest is ready and your pics along with captions can really help me to tell the story on Sunday 8/28. I got really excited when I found your site. I have visited a few times this week. I love the butterfly posts and time lapse video seeing the little guy come to full life. Awesome
    May I use your wheat harvespics? I will cite you and say they are being used with permission. I appreciate your reply.

    Thanks for the consideration. — Pastor Charity

  12. Euni Moore says:

    We had dozens of these in SoCal. So fragrant. I left them behind when we moved back to Colorado, did not think they would live at 6200 feet. Would like to find some bulbs and see if they will live. Thanks for this gentle reminder of their beauty in the hot summer months.

  13. Nance says:

    I call these, the photos in Window on the Praire, “Naked Ladies” or “Surprise Lilies”. I do not know “homestead” or “spider” lilies. Please share photos of the later two?

  14. These are beautiful! I love the color…so pale!

  15. I grew up in Australia where we called them Naked Ladies. Seems a huge difference in common names from naked to the Resurrection. But they will always be naked to me. Is that bad?

  16. Sandy Kummer says:

    what garden flower book can I order these from?

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