While common names for plants can be confusing at times, I hope that we will always use them because many are downright humorous in the way they capture the essence of a plant. One of my all-time favorite names is naked lady, that elegant beauty that suddenly appears in late summer. How could one even think about referring to her as a Lycoris squamigeria?
I have found naked ladies to be most effective when planted where they can be seen against the backdrop of other plants, whether it be along the front of a drift of shrubs, in a landscaped bed, or emerging from a ground cover.
As with daffodils and other bulbs, the foliage that emerges after the flower helps the plant store up energy for next year’s bloom. So allow the foliage to die back naturally.