ranger at america.net
Thu Sep 7 08:20:13 EST 1995
Georgia has three species of spider lily:
Shoals spider lily (Hymenocallis coronaria) and it grows in flowing
water as the common name implies. There is a wonderful spot for it on
Flat Shoals Creek in Harris County. In Alabama it's called the Cahaba
Lily as it grows in the Cahaba River. As you might guess, this spider
lily won't do well unless it lives in shallow flowing water. No amount of
cajoling will help. This is the federally protected species.
Thick-leafed spider lily (Hymenocallis crassifolia) is our most common
species, and it grows in an amazing variety of habitats. I've seen it
survive in horrible rocky soil, but it by far prefers moist, rich soil,
likes lots of sun but can survive in filtered sun.
Hymenocallis occidentalis (no common name) is very similar to H.
crassifolia, but the leaves are thinner, and it seems to adapt to more
widely varying conditions than H. crassifolia as well. It is fairly
widespread in eastern AL and western GA, nearly always in rich soil.
Talking to folks that seem to know say that transplanting and keeping
healthy plants of these species is very difficult and that they usually
begin to decline after the first couple of years.
Please don't try to grow H. coronaria. It's protected, and it's very
unlikely you'll have the right conditions.
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