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Hymenocallis Genus

Spider lily

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Description

Hymenocallis genus (Spider lily). There are about 40 species in this genus. They produce beautiful white flowers; they resemble daffodils except for their delicate spider-like petals. Some species are evergreen and all are deliciously scented. They are half hardy to frost tender, min 15C and will need a sheltered site, with full sun or partial shade and well drained soil. Propagation is by offsets in the spring or early summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their fragrant flowers, somewhat like those of large daffodils.

Cultivation

Plant in early summer, lifting for winter in cold districts. Alternatively, grow in a heated greenhouse, reduce water in winter, without drying out completely then repot in spring.

Propagation

Offsets in spring or early summer.

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