Hymenocallis latifolia

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Mangrove Spiderlily, Perfumed Spiderlily


Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower beds. This can be a large plant and it will multiply, so give it space.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous



  • Pollinated by sphynx moth. (Hammer, 2014, Everglades Wildflowers).
  • Attracts insects (fragrant).

Native Habitats:Shell mound, maritime hammock, coastal strand, beach dune, mangrove swamp (edges), estuarine (brackish) swamp.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:One of the authors has had this plant for years in central Florida, but she and at least some others have not seen it bloom here. Another is in north Florida, and it blooms for her.