This fast-growing native perennial can reach a height of 1 to 3 feet and a spread of 3 to 5 feet. It prefers a soil pH that is acid to slightly alkaline, 4.5 to 7.2. Any soil texture is acceptable; from clay loam to sandy loam, from sandy to sandy clay. Well-drained soil moisture is needed.
Spider lily has high drought and salt tolerance. It thrives in partial sun/partial shade and does well in full sun. This plant sports snow-white, fragrant flowers from spring through fall. Both the flowers and foliage are very attractive.
Spider lily is used in mass plantings, as a border, accent, specimen plant or edging. Propagation is by bulb divisions.
For more information, please see the University of Florida publication from which this article was adapted, “Hymenocallis latifolia Spider Lily” by Edward F. Gilman, at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FP/FP26000.pdf.
Please drop by the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden to view the spider lilies, which are by the wooden bridge in the courtyard.
The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.