The red spider lily, red magic
lily, or equinox flower, is in the amaryllis family. It is originally from
China, Korea, and Nepal. It flowers in late summer or autumn, often in response
to heavy rainfall. The common name hurricane lily refers to this
characteristic, as do other names, such as resurrection lily.
It is a bulbous perennial.
It normally flowers before the leaves appear, on stems 12–28 inches tall. The
leaves are narrow parallel-sided with a paler central stripe. The flowers are
arranged in umbels. Individual flowers are irregular, with narrow segments
curving backwards, and long projecting stamens.
Plants flower in late summer or early fall and leaves follow
remaining through winter and disappearing in early summer. Flowers fade after a
week from brilliant fluorescent red to a deep pink. Bulbs of are very poisonous
and are used in Japan to surround rice paddies and houses to keep pests and
mice away. In Japan the red spider
lily signals the arrival of fall.
Buddhists use it to celebrate the arrival of fall with a ceremony at the
tomb of one of their ancestors. They are planted on graves to show tribute to
the dead. People believe since the red spider lily is mostly associated with
death, one should never give a bouquet of these flowers.
They were associated with
Japanese Christian martyrs in medieval times. These scarlet flowers usually
bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox and are described in Chinese
and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that guide the
dead into the next reincarnation. Legends say that when you see someone that
you may never meet again, these flowers would bloom along the path. Japanese
people often used the flowers in funerals, hence the name flower of the
Many early Americans believed that
popcorn popped because a tiny angry spirit who lived inside the kernel wanted
to escape. Today we know that the extra-strong hull on a popcorn kernel seals
in water that forms in the moist, pulpy center.
When the kernel is heated, the water
boils and turns to steam and expands. The pressure builds high enough for the
kernel to explode, and the fluffy endosperm fuses and fills with air.
Experiment to determine how moisture
content affects the kernels’ popping ability (dry kernels, freeze, and soak
Compare two brands of popcorn. Start
with 100 kernels of each. Record and chart the number of kernels that popped,
number that didn’t pop, volume, and flake size.
Have students write fictional
stories detailing how popcorn’s ability to pop might have originally been
Predict and then find out whether
corn seeds or popped corn weigh more.
Grow corn in your school garden. Compare
the corn that students grow. Have students make predictions about the growing
process in gardening journals.
WE LOVE TREES!
Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me because when you touch these trees, you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history. It’s like you’re touching the essence, the very substance of life. – Kim Novak
Research a favorite tree or give students clues and let them go on a scavenger hunt. Some things to include might be:
Scientific and other common names of the tree:
Habitat and Environment
Kind of seed
Flowers, fruit, or cones?
Circumference (measured 4 feet above the ground )
Above ground roots?
What is the soil like?
The color, texture and strength of the bark
Does the tree shed it’s bark?
Leaves or needles?
Shape, color, texture, size, strength, vein pattern of leaf or needle.
How many other trees like this are around.
Any animals in, on, or around the tree?
How much sunshine does it get?
Other interesting knowledge about this tree
Don’t you dare climb that tree
or even try, they said, or you will be
sent away to the hospital of the
very foolish, if not the other one.
And I suppose, considering my age,
it was fair advice.
But the tree is a sister to me,
she lives alone in a green cottage
high in the air and I know what would
happen, she’d clap her green hands,
she’d shake her green hair,
she’d welcome me. Truly
I try to be good but sometimes
a person just has to break out and
act like the wild and springy thing
one used to be. It’s impossible not
to remember wild and want it back. So
if someday you can’t find me you might
look into that tree or – of course
it’s possible – under it.
The Pink Peach Tree Van Gogh
Peach Trees in Blossom Van Gogh
Apple Tree in Blossom Van Gogh
Apple Trees on Chantemesie Hill Claude Monet
Tree of Life Gustav Klint
Palms John Singer Sargent
Sunlight Effect Under the Poplars Claude Monet
Four Trees Egon Schlele
The Olive Grove John Singer Sargent
The Poplars Claude Monet
Avenue with Flowering Chestnut Trees Vincent Van Gogh
Trunks in the Grass Vincent Van Gogh
The Pink Orchard Vincent Van Gogh
FLOWERING PLUM TREE CAMILLE PISSARRO
PLUMS BLOSSOM CLAUDE MONET
Orchard in Bloom Claude Monet
The Olive Grove Vincent Van Gogh
Branches With Almond Blossom Van Gogh
Orchard in Blossom Vincent Van Gogh
Pine Trees Against a Red Sky With Setting Sun
The Olive Grove William Merritt Chase
Beech Trees Steele
Olive Trees Van Gogh
The Tree House Klee
Walking Next To The River Fernando Botero
Apple Tree With Red Fruit Paul-ElieRanson
Blossoming Pear Tree Van Gogh
Apple Trees in Bloom at Giverny Monet
In the Woods Cezanne
Mulberry Tree Van Gogh
Cypresses Van Gogh
Red Tree Mondrian
Birch Forest Klimt
Beech Forest Klimt
Apple Tree Mondrian
Apple Tree Gustav Klimt
Joy of Life Matisse
A Palm Tree Monet
Apricot Trees In Blossom Van Gogh
Tree shown on the new Vermont 25¢ coin: Maple
The Dutch disease nearly wiped out this tree: Elm
The Christmas partridge was in this tree: Pear
Spanish moss hangs from this southern tree: Live Oak
Largest tree species by volume: Sequoia
Noah’s dove brought back this branch: Olive
Tree associated with Lebanon: Cedar
Berries from this tree used to make gin: Juniper
The tree with knobby knees: Baldcypress
What little acorns grow into: Oak
Texas state tree: Pecan
John Chapman’s claim to fame: Apple
It is to the south what the lilac is to the north: Crapemyrtle
President Andrew Jackson’s nickname: Hickory
Tree Robert Frost talks about in his poem: Birch
Most common U. S. Tree: Silver Maple
Tropical island tree: Palm
The village smithy worked under this tree: Chestnut
Tree most struck by lightning: Oak
Everlasting life is the symbol of this tree: Yew
The tree with bark like elephant skin. Beech
Favorite tree lovers carve their initials in: Beech
World’s tallest species of tree: Redwood
Oldest living tree (4844 years): Bristlecone Pine
Tree associated with Burmese rain forests: Teak
Mississippi’s state tree: Magnolia
Before barb wire, it was called the “living fence”: Osage Orange
In England this tree is called a sycamore: Maple
The “Lord of the Forest” in New Zealand. Tane Mahuta
The state tree of South Carolina. Palmetto
Men collect tears of sap from this tree often used as incense. Frankinsence
We use the beans from this tree to make chocolate. Cacoa
This tree has the largest seed of all. Coconut
This tree blooms in spring and has markings of the crucifixion on the flower. Dogwood
Long ago people used knots from this tree for light. Pine
This tree is a lunar tree that sheds it’s bark to white limbs. Plane tree or Sycamore
We get delicious syrup for our pancakes from this tree. Sugar Maple
The flower is sweet but the fruit is sour. Lemon
What is the smallest living tree? The dropsickle tree