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Carolina Spiderlily Hymenocallis caroliniana (Hymenocallis occidentalis)


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Carolina Spiderlily
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Alternate name: Rain Lily

Family: Liliaceae, Lily view all from this family

Description Carolina Spiderlily is a smooth, fleshy or succulent perennial,1 1/2-2 1/2 ft. tall. Fragrant, white, spider-like, blossoms, up to 7 in. across, occur in clusters of up to six at the top of leafless stalks. The leaves are pale-green, shiny, and up to 2 ft. long.

Flower March - May (in south); June - September (in north).

Flower March - May (in south); June - September (in north)

Habitat Swamps; moist fields; bottomlands.

Range S. Indiana to s. Missouri, south to North Carolina and Georgia, west to Texas and Oklahoma.

Comments One bulb will multiply to form a dense clump. Good in wet, boggy settings and in water gardens. Foliage dies back in mid-summer.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial shade.

Native Distribution S. Indiana to s. Missouri, s. to the Gulf

Site Preference Swamps; moist fields; bottomlands

Soil Preference Sandy, wet soils.

Wildlife Value Poisonous to many animals.