Genus: Spider lily

Hymenocallis

Photo/Illustration: 
David Cavagnaro
Spider lily (Hymenocallis)
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Synonyms:  Ismene
Amaryllidaceae
These bulbous perennials in the Amaryllis family have unusual flowers that look like a narcissus's cup surrounded by streamers. The effect is that of a spider with long dangling legs. Some species are heavily scented.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Dramatic flowers with a spidery appearance.
Care:  Grow deciduous species in full sun or part shade after a dry dormancy. Evergreen plants like damp, fertile soil in the shade.
Propagation: 

Divide clumps in winter, or start new plants from offsets or from fresh, ripe seed.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Hymenocallis

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Peruvian daffodil
Hymenocallis narcissiflora