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Spider lily

Hymenocallis speciosa

Green-tinge spider lily, White spice, Winter spice (Eng.), Spinnekoplelie (Afr.)

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This wonderful, upright bulbous plant has a spectacular display of white flowers when in bloom. This eye-catching species looks at its best when planted under trees and arranged in groups with other shade loving shrubs. The strong fragrance of the flowers will attract bees, butterflies and sunbirds to the home garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds in autumn. Harvest flower stalks 10 cm above the bulb during mid-summer months when more than three flowers have opened.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds when ripe in autumn at a depth of 1 cm and space them 2 cm apart. It usually takes three years to reach maturity.
Division
Divide this species in winter. Place offsets with their neck at soil surface and space them 2 cm apart.

Special features

Attracts birds
Nectar drinking birds are attracted to this species.
Attracts useful insects
Moths, bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
Autumn colour
Brings colour to the garden in autumn.

Geography

Origin
Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean
Natural climate
Sub-tropical, tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
Grown for the beautiful flowers.

Personality

Family
Amarylildaceae
Flower colour
, White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Slugs and snails eat its foliage and emerging flowers. Do routine checks for slugs and snails in the cooler evenings to keep them at bay.

Companion plants

Plant with tropical plants.

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