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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.


 

 

 

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