Mangrove spiderlily, Perfumed spiderlily
Hymenocallis latifolia
Amaryllidaceae


Landscape Uses:

Wildflower gardens. Moist coastal locations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A relatively commmon element of coastal uplands.
Availability:
Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower from a basal rosette. Leaves strap-like, leathery, up to 2 1/2 feet long.
Height:
Typically 2-3 feet in height, more when in flower. About as tall as broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Volusia, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; Texas; West Indies.
Habitats:
Coastal beaches and thickets; sometimes along the margins of mangrove swamps.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained to occasionally inundated brackish sandy soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy. Fragrant.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Green fleshy capsule. Maturing in fall.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and divisions.
Comments:
Luber grasshoppers chew the leaves.


Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton