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Japanese Garden Plants
This is where to find details on plants. We don't have a lot of images, but we'll be providing articles and details as we are able. If you have materials to contribute or gaps to fill in, please let us know.

Japanese Name:higan-bana 
English Name:Spider Lily / Equinox Flower 
Latin Name:Lycoris radiata 
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Last Updated:7/5/2000 
Details:Long-stamened, narrow curved perianths and scarlet trumpets give these flowers their spidery appearance. The Autumn Equinox is an important Buddhist Festival and its symbol is the Spider Lily (higan-bana). It often grows on the banks that separate a rice paddy in the fall, so has an association with both autumn and rice. It is also said to be one of the flowers in the Buddhist Paradise and so is often planted in graveyards. The leaves appear after the equinox and are dark green and come straight up from the bulb. Note: the bulb is poisonous.

Some higanbana images and links from Brian Chandler.

 




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