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Higanbana 彼岸花 - Red Spider Lilly

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 15 September 2016 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

In Japan the Red Spider Lily signals the arrival of fall. Many Buddhist will use it to celebrate the arrival of fall with a ceremony at the tomb of one of their ancestors. They plant them on graves because it shows a tribute to the dead. People believe that since the Red Spider Lily is mostly associated with death that one should never give a bouquet of these flowers. The bulbs of Lycoris radiata are very poisonous. They are used to surround their rice paddies and houses to keep the pests and mice away.

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Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, you found autumn there !

15 Sep 2016 12:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

They are very beautiful! Thanks for the interesting information.

15 Sep 2016 8:22pm

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16 Sep 2016 7:10pm