Proiphys Species, Cardwell Lily

Proiphys amboinensis

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Proiphys (PROY-fees) (Info)
Species: amboinensis (am-boy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Synonym:Eurycles amboinensis



Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Austin, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 4, 2008, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Adore the shape of the leaves. I must say, and was confirmed by one of my favorite vendors, Buried Treasures, squirrels LOVE these bulbs. In fact, of the 5-6 that I initually bought, only the one that was potted has survived. Bulbs planted inground have disappeared.

I sprinkled red pepper flakes around the plantings and it did not help. I have just bought a few more Cardwell lilies and when I plant them inground I will protect them w/ chicken wire cages. This plant is supposed to be hardy in z10 and higher. I am in 9a. I'll post here if they survive next winter

08/17/09 I have changed rating to positive. I am absolutely delighted this plant has come back. As of this writing, no blooms, but the oddly shaped foliage is more appealing to me anyway. I w... read more


On Jul 8, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

From Botanica Garden Encyclopedia:
Proiphys syn Eurycles
There are 3 species of perennial herbs in this genus from Australia and neighboring Southeast Asia. The plants are among the surprisingly few Australian bulbous plants; they are attractive sights with their glossy, almost evergreen leaves and white flowers borne in clusters on 18" tall stems in early summer. However, they are not cultivated widely even in their native region.
Cultivation: They need a tropical or subtropical climate and moist, well-drained soil in a lightly shaded spot. In frosty climates they do very well as a greenhouse pot plants. Propagate from seed or offsets.

Proiphys Amboinensis syns. Eurycles amboinensis, E sylvestris
The heart-shaped, almost evergreen leaves of this... read more