Monday, January 5, 2015

Spider Lily


Hymenocallis coronaria ( Shoals spider-lily )
A very beautiful perennial, reaching up to 3 ( rarely over 1.5 ) feet in height, that is native to the southeastern U.S in the Piedmont from central Alabama to North Carolina. It is endangered with no more than 50 populations remaining in the wild. It no longer occurs in North Carolina.
The strap-shaped leaves are mid-green.
The very fragrant, white flowers, up to 1.5 inches wide, are borne during early summer. The flowers are borne atop a stalk up to 20 inches tall.
Hardy zones 7a to 10 in full sun to partial shade on just about any moist soil. It is easy to grow, even from seed.

* photos of unknown internet source

Hymenocallis occidentalis ( Northern Spiderlily )
A long-lived perennial, reaching up to 2 feet in height, that is native to bottomland forests in the southeastern U.S. ( from southeast Missouri to southern Indiana to North Carolina; south to Louisiana to northern Florida ). The narrow leaves are up to 12 inches in length.
Hardy zones 7 to 10 ( 5 and 6 and tolerating as low as -20 F on protected sites with deep winter mulch ) in partial shade on moist, well drained soil. It is tolerant of flooding.

* photo taken by Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora

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