Red Spider Lily Lycoris radiata

彼岸花 “the other shore” (Equinox)

曼珠沙華 (Manjushage / Manjushaka)

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Another name is Hurricane Lilies

The Red Spider Lily is poisonous to mice, moles and other wild animals.

In Japan’s pre-cremation days they were often planted in and around graveyards to prevent the dead from being eaten. This may be the start of their connection with death.

There is a story that the red spider lilies bloom along the paths of departing lovers. Lovers who are destined to never meet again.

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