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Grass lily

Anthericum saundersiae

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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 CharacteristicsThis 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.

CareGrow 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.

PropagationDivide clumps when growth begins in early spring. Seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring. They may flower within three years.

ProblemsLeaf spot, spider mites, mealy bugs.

  • Genus : Anthericum
  • Zones : 10, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Flower Color : White
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