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Hymenocallis occidentalis var. occidentalis

Native Plants

Woodland Spiderlily

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Woodland spiderlily is an attractive and unusual native bulb that deserves wider garden use. When flowering in summer, it has the appearance of a flamboyant white daffodil with six spidery, strap-like appendages atop 12-18” tall stalks. Woodland spider lily flourishes in moist, slightly acidic, filtered shade situations; however, it is tolerant of typical garden soils as long as they are drought-free. This showy, exotic-looking native bulb is a standout in the company of native ferns such as Osmundastrum cinnamomeum and Thelypteris palustris or other woodland garden plants such as Lobelia cardinalis, Rhexia mariana var. mariana, Iris versicolor and Chelone glabra.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color