Spider Lily

Hymenocallis littoralis or spider lilyLily is a species of the Hymenocallis genus native to the temperate coastal areas of Latin America. Hymenocallis includes over 60 species[1] of perennial plants.

Spider Lily

As the common name suggests, the spider lily has long spider-shaped petals on its blossoms from mid-summer to autumn. In addition, this bulbous perennial plant has a strange habit of flowering on bare stalks with no foliage, which has earned it the names ‘surprise lily’ and ‘naked lady’.

Naked Lady Flowers

The flower is closely related to the amaryllis plant and, like its relatives, has a showy flower. Its height ranges from 24 to 28 inches (60 to 70 cm). The bulb is 7 to 10 cm in diameter. As the bulb ages, it develops a neck 4 to 5 cm (up to 2 inches) in diameter. The vanilla-scented flowers are large, red, and sessile. Each flower tube is 5 to 7 inches (14 to 17 cm) long.

Red Spider Lily Flowers

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Spider Lily Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Spider Lily | Office for Environmental Programs Outreach Services”. Accessed June 25, 2022. Link.


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