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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

Family:

Amaryllidaceae

Foliage:

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.

Flowers:

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.

Light:

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

Temperature:

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

Soil:

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

Humidity:

The plant needs high humidity.

Watering:

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.

Fertilizing:

Feed monthly with a balanced houseplant fertilizer.

Pruning:

No pruning is necessary.

Propagation:

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".

Uses:

Borders, pots, containers

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