Spider lily, a bulb plant to discover

Two white spider lily flowers with thick glossy leaves.

Spider lily, also called hymenocallis, is a simply beautiful bulb flower.

Summary of Spider lily facts

Type – flower, bulb plant

Height – 32 inches (80 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary, well drained

Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – June to October

Fragrant and very ornamental, it will give your flower beds and pot arrangements a definite edge  for them to be brought indoors.

Planting spider lily

Favor planting in spring, covering the bulbs only very lightly.

  • Select a sun-endowed spot or light sun, hopefully warm enough.

Hymenocallis can only grow directly in the ground in climates that are warm enough in both summer and winter.

Outside of these areas, go for growing in pots or take on the duty of bringing the bulbs indoors in a cool and ventilated space as soon as temperatures drop to around 40°F (5°C), even at night.

Pruning and caring for spider lily

Remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).
This helps new flowers appear.

Wait for the foliage to have turned yellow completely before cutting it off, because the plant needs this step to fully replenish its nutrients for the next blooming season.

Beautiful spider lily varieties

Other families of flowers are also sometimes called spider lily:

  • Lycoris species
  • Crinium species

All there is to know about the spider lily

White spider lily with pink and orange stamens with a black background.Sometimes also called sea daffodil, or Peruvian daffodil, the white spider lily is unique and quite elegant.

This plant reveals a very beautiful blooming during the entire summer season.

It requires heat to grow in full earth: that’s why growing it in warmer oceanic climates is common.

In colder areas, you’ll have great success growing it in greenhouses, pots or as an indoor plant, provided you keep it in a cool, non-freezing place over the winter.

You’ll have understood that spider lily is quite a demanding plant, but its beauty makes up for that entirely.

Smart tip about spider lily

If the climate in your area is a bit cool, opt for growing it in pots, and only bring the plant outside during the warmest months.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Two spider lilies (also on social media) by Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois, own work
Spider lily bloom (also on social media) by Kim & Forest Starr ★ under © CC BY 4.0
Blooming in sun and shade (also on social media) by Tiểu Bảo Trương under Pixabay license