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Spider Lily

Hymenocallis speciosa

Also known as

Green-Tinge Spiderlily, White Spice, Winter Spice , Spinnekoplelie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Spider Lily Overview

Hymenocallis speciosa is an evergreen perennial in the Amaryllidaceae family, it is commonly known by the names Spider Lily and Green-Tinge Spiderlily. This wonderful, upright, bulbous plant produces a spectacular display of white, spider-like flowers when in bloom. This eye-catching species looks at its best when planted under trees and placed in groups with other shade-loving shrubs. The strong fragrance of the flowers will attract bees, butterflies and sunbirds to the home garden.

Common problems with Spider Lily

Slugs and snails eat its foliage and emerging flowers. Do routine checks for slugs and snails in the cooler evenings to keep them at bay.

Spider Lily Companion Plants

Plant with tropical plants.

How to harvest Spider Lily

Harvest seeds in autumn. Harvest flower stalks 10 cm above the bulb during mid-summer months when more than three flowers have opened.

How to propagate Spider Lily


Sow seeds when ripe in autumn at a depth of 1 cm and space them 2 cm apart. It usually takes three years to reach maturity.


Divide this species in winter. Place offsets with their neck at soil surface and space them 2 cm apart.

Special features of Spider Lily

Attracts birds

Nectar drinking birds are attracted to this species.

Attracts useful insects

Moths, bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.

Autumn colour

Brings colour to the garden in autumn.

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Spider Lily

Grown for their fragrant flowers, somewhat like those of large daffodils.


Grown for the beautiful flowers.


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