Hymenocallis occidentalis

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Northern Spider-lily


Also known as Hymenocallis occidentalis var. occidentalis

Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall. 1-1.5 ft wide.  Forms clumps.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Phenology:In Florida, winter dormant (has bulbs). However, the new leaves appear in midwinter. Flowering begins in early July in northern Florida and extends through September.
Habitats:Floodplains and nearby forested uplands


Recommended Uses:

Houseplant, water garden, bog garden, stream edge

Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Unknown
Salt Spray Tolerance:Unknown
Soil/Substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand