Hymenocallis caribeae is an evergreen bulb that is native to the West Indies.
Blooming Time: Summer: The fragrant 3 to 4 inch intricately designed white flowers are borne on top of 18 to 25 inch tall stalks in midsummer.
Culture: Hymenocallis caribeae does best in full sun or very light shade. Spider lily compost consists of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand with one-half cup of dried cow manure added to each gallon of potting mix. Keep moist and feed monthly with a balanced houseplant fertilizer from spring to fall. Over the winter, keep the plant in a well-lighted place and water just enough to keep the foliage from wilting. Spider lilies can be grown outside in zone 7. Plant bulbs in spring after night temperatures average above 60° plant bulbs 5 inches deep and 15 inches apart. Just before the first frost, dig up bulbs and put them in a well ventilated shady place on their sides until the leaves wither, cut off leaves, and store bulb upside down over winter in dry vermiculite at 65 to 70°.
Propagation: Hymenocallis caribeae are propagated in the fall from the small bulbs that develop at the base of large bulbs. Spider lilies can be grown from seed that is fresh, planted 3 inches deep in potting mix.
Hymenocallis caribeae was featured as Plant of the Week April 23-29, 1999.
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