Higanbana, or Red Spider Lily, gets its Japanese name from that fact that it typically blooms in the middle of September around Higan or the Autumn Equinox Week. Higan is a Buddhist holiday period celebrated exclusively in Japan at the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, and which dates back nearly 1,300 years ago to the reign of the Emperor Shōmu. The Higanbana is often associated with Buddhism and is often planted near temples and in Japanese-style gardens.

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