White spider lilies (Hymenocallis caroliniana)

guitar_man_danJuly 5, 2006

There is a local bog plant which I have dug up and have in my yard that grows native around here (NW Louisiana), seems to not require as much water as it typically does in the wild, blooms in the spring (with foliage present),and smells heavenly. I also have plants dug from my late mother-in-law's lawn that has an identical bloom, but has no fragrance, and blooms in the fall, bare stem (pre-foliage) like the common red spider lilies. I have been unable to identify this plant through much research in books and the net. Can anyone help me? I have photos if that would help, but have much to learn about maximum resolution allowed here. Thanks!

Blessed, Dan

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Here's an easier way to post pictures.
Open a free Photobucket.com account. That way you can post multiple pictures on the same post and don't need to worry about picture size.

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    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 7:18AM
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Carol, thank you! I have some photos on webshots, but haven't used photobucket. I will try soon (busy day today) and hopefully a photo will help.
Blessed, Dan

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 7:43AM
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You could paste all your photos on this same thread, together in one reply. I'm curious about the white flowered autumn bulb, maybe a Lycoris?

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 8:23AM
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Here's one taken Oct. 5

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 12:04AM
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One last try. Here are two shots from last October

Here is a shot of the spring variety (Hymenocallis caroliniana)taken last early May

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 7:06AM
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The spring blooming species(with foliage) and the yellow center is Hymenocallis liriosme. I must admit that I have not noticed those to be fragrant though. The fall flowering ones on naked stems are likely Hymenocallis occidentalis(syn: H. caroliniana). They can bloom anytime from mid-summer to early fall, after the foliage dies down. None of mine have put up any bloom stems yet, although the foliage has died down.Both of these native species are found in NW LA. My H. liriosme came from a late dear friend near El Dorado, AR.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 12:22PM
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Razorback, thank you! I have been confussed about the two for decades. I appreciate it, greatly! It gives me a starting place for more research!
Incredibly blessed by new friends, Dan

    Bookmark   July 6, 2006 at 7:43PM
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I found some of these lilies in a cow pasture and moved some into my yard. The first couple of years they were great. Quite a show. Now they put up stems, but all the blooms are somewhat deformed. I noticed some red color around the bottom of the leaf close to the ground. I would very much like to know what to do to help them bloom correctly. Any ideas.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2006 at 11:18PM
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Can anyone tell me if this plant can be grown from the seed pod that drops from the plant it self. I have searched and can not find any information on the actual seed pod.
Any ideas?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 10:59PM
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Yes, it can be grown that way. I have one that bloomed this year from seed sown a couple of years ago.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 3:34PM
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