Grass lily

Anthericum saundersiae

Photo/Illustration: 
Tom Peace
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Grass lily (Anthericum saundersiae)
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Genus:  Anthericum
This plant's foot-tall clumps produce white lily-like flowers on thin, arching stems. It blooms from late spring into fall; blooms are followed by attractive brown capsular fruits. Its foliage is narrow, linear, and dark-green.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This plant is used best in a mixed garden or in a small mass, but it will work as a specimen, in a large container, or in mixed beds.
Care:  Grow in wet soil if in full sun, or average soil if in the shade. Needs well-drained soil. Prefers pH 5.8 to 6.2 and moderate feed. Requires consistent amounts of moisture for best performance.
Propagation:  Divide clumps when growth begins in early spring. Seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. They may flower within three years.
Problems:  Leaf spot, spider mites, mealy bugs.

Overview

Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Characteristics
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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