Hymenocallis sp., Spider Lily, Ismene, Sea Daffodil

Hymenocallis sp.

Spider Lily, Ismene, Sea Daffodil
Family: Amaryllidaceae    (Formerly:Amaryllidaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Origin: West Indies
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrant plant

Hymenocallis sp., also known as the Spider Lily, is a small flowering plant native to the West Indies. It generally grows between 2-5 feet and prefers a semi-shady area. Regular water is a must for this plant, as well as moist to wet soil.

The Spider Lily has arched and narrow petals that have a delicate, spider-like appearance and are usually white or off-white in color. They're slightly fragrant, making them popular for planting in gardens for a sweet aroma.

This flowering plant can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 9-11 and needs protection during winter months if grown in zones with severe cold temperatures. To grow it in cold regions, the best option is to pot it and bring it indoors during cold weather. Regular water and fertilization will help it thrive even if grown in a pot.

In addition to regular watering, the Spider Lily should be fertilized every two-four weeks with an all-purpose fertilizer. To prevent disease, it's important to avoid over-watering and give it good air circulation. Pruning the plant back to the ground every two to three years can help maintain its shape and prevent it from growing too tall.

The Spider Lily is an attractive plant that is sure to be a conversation starter in any garden. It's easy to maintain, making it a great choice for novice gardeners. With regular water and care, it is sure to bring a spot of vibrant beauty to any outdoor space.

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