Genus: Spider lily


David Cavagnaro
Spider lily (Hymenocallis)
Synonyms:  Ismene
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.

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