In memory of my grandad who grew Spider lilies back in Singapore, I now have them in my NC garden.
When neighbours asked me what they are, you should see the disbelief in their eyes, as they are only familiar with the 'other' spider lilies, the red Lycoris .
Thanks for writing this!
I was surprised when I found that these were known as Spider Lilies, too. I'd always associated that common name with the red Lycoris. These look much more "spidery," in my opinion, though. I wish they were hardy in my zone 5a garden, as I'd love to add these! They would be quite the conversation piece!
So neat that you have that memory of your granddad's garden, and grow these in his memory. Are they native or common in Singapore? I'm the same way with gladiolus and iris. I associate them so closely with my grandma and mom's gardens!
I have the related Hymenocallis littoralis in my garden. It's very commonly grown here, especially in street plantings and along median strips in roads. They make a great border and flower for a long time. They like it out in full sun and seem to do well in any kind of soil, with or without plenty of water.
Very pretty! Isn't it funny how something very common and widely used in one part of the world is so exotic and unusual in another? It's part of why I love the international aspect of DG! The plants can be so widely divergent even within the continental US, I find it intriguing to see what is grown across the globe! On the flip side, I am surprised sometimes to see the very same plants that thrive in my central Illinois garden in pictures taken in Europe or Asia!
I enjoyed learning about these, Angie. I visited Mammoth Caves in the springtime a couple of years ago, so was able to enjoy many of the spring wildflowers growing in the area. Would love to see one of these in person!
I did an article about some of the spring wildflowers there, a little over a year ago, I think. I didn't get to go along on this trip, but my husband said these were just growing along the roadsides! He was driving down the road when he noticed them, screeched to a stop (lucky no one was behind him!), backed up, and took a whole bunch of pictures, at a few different locations, just because he knew I would be intrigued by them. I've trained him well--he was sure to take some of the whole plant, including foliage, and some close-ups. He even did one with his John Deere hat beside it, to show scale! LOL I thought it was so sweet that he thought to do that for me.
Here's a link to the other article about Mammoth Cave National Park, if you are interested. ;)