Hymenocallis occidentalis
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Hymenocallis occidentalis

spider lily

  family amaryllidaceae 
  genus hymenocallis 

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Genus  Hymenocallis Species  occidentalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  spider lily Family  AMARYLLIDACEAE Specimen number  S11401 Data source  HtZn p127;Frgnt p292
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 2' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-08 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Hymenocallis occidentalis has strong honey scented flowers. Spider lily can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species does best in full sun to partial shade. It does well in moist to wet soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers. strongly sweet scented Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Strong Fragrance category  Honey Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Bulb Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Hymenocallis occidentalis can be achieved using its bulbs. Spider lily is a wildflower and is considered to have originated from South Carolina.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Flowers: Hymenocallis occidentalis has six petaled flowers with funnel shaped central cups. The blossoms are usually a white color with subtle accents.

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