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A picture of a St. Bernard's Lily

St. Bernard's Lily

Anthericum liliago

Also known as

Branched Spiderwort, Savoy Spiderwort

Anthericum liliago 003 by H. Zell (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of St. Bernard's Lily

A close up of the white star-shaped flower of Anthericum liliago (St Bernard's Lily)
A clump of Anthericum liliago (St Bernard's Lily) showing its green leaves and flowering stems covered in white flowers.
A close up of the white star-shaped flower of Anthericum liliago (St Bernard's Lily)
A close up of the white star-shaped flower of Anthericum liliago (St Bernard's Lily)
A close up of the white star-shaped flower of Anthericum liliago (St Bernard's Lily)

St. Bernard's Lily Overview

Anthericum liliago produces tufts of grass-like grey-green leaves. In the late spring or early summer, tall spikes of white flowers on white stems are produced which seem to 'float' in the right light. Also known as St. Bernard's Lil, Branched Spiderwort and Savoy Spiderwort, these plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil over winter to prevent the fleshy roots from rotting away.

Common problems with St. Bernard's Lily

How to harvest St. Bernard's Lily

Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as required.

How to propagate St. Bernard's Lily

Division

By division in spring.

Seed

Sow seed in spring or autumn into pots placed in a cool greenhouse or cold frame.

Special features of St. Bernard's Lily

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Solitary bees and occasionally visited by mining bees.

Other uses of St. Bernard's Lily

This flowering ornamental is suitable to include in planting schemes for south, east or west-facing aspects in the mixed beds and borders of informal and cottage gardens or grown as part of a cut-flower patch.