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Plant Care Guide >> Lilies >> Hymenocallis littoralis
Spider lily is suitable for growing on the edge of your water garden or as potted plants. The flowers of the Hymenocallis look more like a daffodil flower than a lily flower. Hymenocallis is suited to growing outside in a sunny spot, but most often used in pots and containers. It also makes an excellent cut flower plant. This easy-to-grow moisture lover is a reliable flowering plant in the garden.
Common name:

Spider Lily

Botanical Name:

Hymenocallis littoralis




All the leaves arise from the base of the plant in two opposing ranks, resulting in a fanlike appearance which becomes obscured as the clump enlarges. Foliage remains green well after bloom.


A leafless stalk, called a scape, extends above the leaves and bears the flowers. The flower look like daffodils except for the delicate spider-like petals. The flowers are white.


Spider lily does best in full sun but will tolerate light shade.


Spider lily grows well in normal room temperatures for most of the year, but needs a three-months rest period.


The plant is easy to grow in fertile, well-drained with neutral to slightly acidic soil.


The plant needs high humidity.


It needs abundant watering. The soil should not be allowed to dry out completely.

Pest and Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems. Snails, caterpillars and mealybugs are occasional visitors.

Growth habit:

The plant grows to about 3 feet in height.


Feed monthly with a balanced houseplant fertilizer.


No pruning is necessary.


Propagate by removing the offsets that form on mature bulbs.

Special Care:

Can be grown as a border plant. Spider lily is care free and easy to grow.

Landscaping Utility:

The plant looks nice when mass planting of it is done. It can be used as a border plant or as a ground cover. Plant the bulbs 4" deep and space 6-10".


Borders, pots, containers

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