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PlantFiles: Galveston Spider Lily
Hymenocallis galvestonensis

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hymenocallis (hy-men-oh-KAL-is) (Info)
Species: galvestonensis (gal-ves-ton-EN-sis) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dmj1218 On Aug 12, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

The controversial identification of this native plant was finally resolved in 1995 by Thad M. Howard. It is native to East Texas, Arkansas, southeastern Oklahoma, western Louisiana, and southern Georgia in sandy upland soil. After the leaves disappear in late summer or fall, it produces tall, naked scapes of white flowers in Lycoris fashion. The scapes of H.galvestonensis is round or oval in cross section. The seed is large, somewhat rounded, and pale green. The leaves are wider than other Hymenocallis species and the tips of the leaves are blunt, rather than pointed. It does not tolerate alkaline soil.

Positive Wingnut On Jun 27, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love these plants!! They are so easy to grow. I got a few in trade three or four years ago and they have multiplied to about four times as many. Last year, I neglected them severely and they bloomed anyway, despite being in full 9am to 9pm all day HOT Texas sun and not getting any water except rain. This year, I'm watering regularly and they're blooming their heads off. I don't feed them anything except cow manure and still they're going nuts. The clump is about 5 feet across.

Plus, the white spidery blooms against a backdrop of dark green foliage is just beautiful.

Positive MissPrimrose On Oct 5, 2003, MissPrimrose from Lowell, MA wrote:

Breathtaking! For those in cooler climates, plant in containers and put in a frost-free spot (such as a basement) and do not water until spring!

Positive Maudie On Jul 11, 2003, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

This is an excellent bulb to add to ones collection of summer blooming plants. Very easy to grow requiring only minimum care.Plant in well drained beds and give suffieient water during growing period.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jones, Alabama
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lowell, Massachusetts
Rowland, North Carolina
Cameron, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
Spicewood, Texas
Waco, Texas

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