Hymenocallis is a genus of plants in the family Amaryllidaceae. It contains some fifty species native to tropical and subtropical America. Hymenocallis are bulbous perennial herbs. The flowers have their stamens united to a characteristic corona. Hymenocallis means "beautiful membrane" in Greek, which refers to the staminal corona that connects the stalks of the stamens for a portion of their length. This is a large spectacular flower that is exciting to find unexpectedly.
'Shinners spring spiderlily', perhaps better known as the 'Texan spider lily' (Hymenocallis liriosme
), has a distinct yellow center. 'Alligator lily' (Hymenocallis palmeri
) is found in southern Florida and has a yellow center. Hymenocallis speciosa
produces brilliant flowers from late summer
to late autumn
In areas where the ground does not freeze, Hymenocallis
can be a spectacular member of the summer garden. They like good drainage and grow well in a soil rich with organic matter. Some species are known as 'spider lilies'.
List of species