Spider lily, a bulb plant with spider-like flowers

Spider lily

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

Key Spider lily facts

Type – flower, bulb plant

Height – 32 inches (80 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun

Soil: ordinary, well drained  –  Foliage: deciduous  –  Flowering: summer→fall

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

Planting spider lilyFavor 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

Spider lily careRemove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).

This helps new flowers appear.

Winter care for spider lily

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.

In warmer places, some leaves might survive over winter. Feel free to cut one or two away when you feel they look too damaged and old. This will lead the bulb to unfurl fresh new leaves within a few weeks.

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.

Images: CC BY 2.0: Ziad Fhema; own work: Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois; Pixabay: Hartono Subagio, CC BY 4.0: Kim & Forest Starr