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Hymenocallis caribaea 'Variegata' (Caribbean Spider Lily)

Caribbean Spider Lily, Variegated Spider Lily


Hymenocallis caribaea 'Variegata' (Caribbean Spider Lily) is a tender bulbous perennial boasting showy umbels of vanilla scented, pure white flowers from mid summer to late fall. The flowers open up to look like giant white spiders, each blossom featuring a central cup and 6 incredibly long, slender petals. The flowers rise atop leafless stalks, well above the striking foliage which is striped in creamy-white. A terrific plant near ponds and streams or for the water garden, even when not in bloom.

  • Grows in clumps up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in moist, organically rich, well-drained soil. Can be grown in water to 6 in. (15 cm) over the crown.
  • Reliable, easy to grow, generally disease and pest free.
  • To overwinter in cold climates, dig up the bulbs and store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Propagate by division.
  • Native to the islands of the Caribbean and to northern South America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Hymenocallis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Hymenocallis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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