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Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hymenocallis (hy-men-oh-KAL-is) (Info)
Cultivar: Tropical Giant

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:
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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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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive natplant On Sep 13, 2010, natplant from Ravenel, SC wrote:

This is a wonderful plant. I have three clumps of it in a partial sun/shade location. Each spring the clumps become larger as it multiplies slowly. The leaves provide wonderful structure in my garden, the flowers are a bonus as I've place these plants for their architectural strength. I'm in zone 8(b) just outside Charleston, SC. The heat/humidity have no ill affect whatsoever as it's in the 90's for over two straight months. This plant is not at all able to survive any frosts but it'll come back each year as the low temps. here in winter do not kill the bulb. Once the frost kills the leaves get them out of the garden, they'll be a mass of gelatinous mush, until next spring.

Neutral gwebster On Sep 13, 2010, gwebster from Corpus Christi, TX wrote:

I have some in the ground and some in pots. However I have had trouble with them not blooming last year and so far not this year. Do you apply any particular fertilizer? Mine are in shade/partial shade. I did apply some bone meal around them a few weeks ago. So far no blooms this year. First year they bloomed good. Thanks for your help!

Positive JeanneTX On Jul 7, 2010, JeanneTX from Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant' has been a joy in my gardens.If you want to have this monster in your gardens do give it plenty of room to grow.Mine is now 6 years old.

Positive FlowerManiac On Sep 7, 2009, FlowerManiac from Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Slowly but surely I have been adding more and more of these to my garden because they grow vigorously and add lush tropical drama with unique and conversation-provoking flowers. They make a nice backdrop to contrast with annuals and perennials.


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

Riverside, California
Lake City, Florida
Norcross, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Coushatta, Louisiana
Many, Louisiana
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ravenel, South Carolina
Coppell, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Irving, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Willis, Texas

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