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Spider lily

Hymenocallis selections

Spider lily

This is one spider you'll love to get close to! Spider lily is named for the long, leglike petals radiating from its central blossom. Blooming in spring, summer, or early fall, it is sweetly fragrant and accompanied by dark green, straplike leaves. Many varieties thrive in moist soil, such as at the edge of a pond or stream or a slow-draining garden spot. Its bold green foliage and exotic flowers give spider lily a tropical vibe. Pair it with canna, rush, and other plants that thrive in moist soil. Like other tender bulbs, gardeners in cold-winter climates can dig up spider lily bulbs and store them in a frost-free place for winter.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 4 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 3 feet wide
Flower Color:
Bloom Time:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant,Tolerates Wet Soil,Deer Resistant
Plant It With

Canna's green or variegated foliage is topped with bright red, orange, and yellow flowers. Like spider lily, it thrives in moist soil.


At home in the water or boggy conditions, rush has a grasslike appearance that is a lovely complement for spider lily's wide leaves.

Blue pickerel weed

Lavender-blue flower spikes of blue pickerelweed will serve as exclamation points when planted alongside a spider lily.