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Growing Peruvian Daffodil (Spider Flower, Basket Lily)

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Growing Peruvian Daffodil, Spider Flower, Basket Lily, Spider Lily
These bulbs can grow well in containers outdoors when soil is kept moist and they are fed a slow-release fertilizer from spring until fall. This guide is about growing Peruvian Daffodil (Spider Flower, Basket Lily).


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March 17, 2006
Botanical Name: Hymenocallis narcissiflora
Life Cycle: perennial bulb
Planting Time: fall
Height: 24"
Exposure: full sun to light shade
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness: hardy to zones 8-10 unless protected over winter
Bloom Time: spring
Flower: white fragrant flowers with green stripes; flower are very showy with intricate white cups surrounded by 6 elongated spider like leaves.
Foliage: long, green leaves below leafless flower stalks.
Propagation: bulbs
Suggested Use: beds, borders, groundcover plantings, walkways and garden paths
Growing Hints: Plant bulbs outdoors in the spring or fall, 3 to 5 inches deep and spaced 12 to 15 inches apart. Gardeners in northern zones should plant bulbs outdoors in the spring when temperatures stay above 60ºF. Zones with shorter season may want to consider starting plants indoors. When the threat of fall frost is near, dig up bulbs and prepare them for winter storage. Lay bulbs out in a cool, dry location until leaves wither. Cut off withered leaves and store bulbs tip-side-down in dry peat moss or vermiculite at temperatures between 65º and 70ºF. Propagate in fall from the small bulbs that develop at the base of large ones. Zones 8-10 may need to divide plants every 4 to 5 years to keep them looking good.
Interesting Facts: These plants also grow well in containers outdoors when soil is kept moist and they are fed a slow-release fertilizer from spring until fall. Move plants to a well-lit room for the winter and reduce watering.

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June 11, 2010

This flower is a bulb that I planted this spring. I was very excited to see how beautiful that it was when it bloomed. It's very different than anything that I have ever planted before, but I'm so glad that I planted it!

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June 8, 2015

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Here is another flower worthy of mention on the ThriftyFun web site, because it is in keeping with the ThriftyFun spirit.

It's name is Hymenocallis festalis.

Note: Botanists and taxonomists have a peculiar bent in that they seem to thoroughly enjoy assigning names to plants that allude to a female's 'private parts'. That's how the flower 'Clitoria' got it's name. They have a penchant for doing the same with the private parts of a male, but we won't persue that, just now (maybe never).

We can thank botanist Richard Anthony Salisbury for giving us the name of the plant pictured here. He tells us the name 'Hymenocallis festalis' refers to the "beautiful membrane' which connects the filaments. (Control yourself, Doug. Don't insert that hilarious thought you just had).

OK. Back to sanity. The common name for this flower is 'Peruvian Daffodil'. Shall we go with that? It is native to, among other places, Peru, and though it is a member of the Amaryllis family, it does somewhat resemble a daffodil.

As you can see, I took these pictures near dusk. That's when I noticed my first flower of the year. It's also the best time to indulge in it's wonderful perfume. The House of Dior can only dream of developing a fragrance this delicious.

Oh, back to the ThriftyFun spirit. Three years ago, I purchased a discounted bag of three bulbs for a buck. As you can see, they have multiplied rather nicely. Soon, I'll be giving some away. Sharing is one of my most favorite parts of gardening.

Photo Location
My home in NC


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June 26, 2017

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I was doing some early morning weeding when this beauty caught my eye. And of course it should be a beauty, it's a member of the Amaryllis family. My first bloom of the year, it will be followed by many more.

About three years ago, I bought 3 bulbs. Now I have well over a hundred. They do multiply rapidly. Primarily found in Central America, they are tropical plants.

Thank goodness for some plant's ability to go dormant. This allows me to lift the bulbs of this flower commonly known as 'Peruvian Daffodil', store them over winter, and start them outside in containers, again in the spring.

The flower has a delicious and heady perfume, reminiscent of a scent offered by one of the old established houses of Paris, circa 1940.

Photo Location
My back yard. Yes!


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November 23, 2016

Hymenocallis festalis, the Peruvian daffodil, is a tropical, bulb bearing plant. When grown in the temperate regions, the bulbs must be lifted from the soil and stored indoors for the winter.

I bought 3 bulbs, 3 years, ago. They multiply rapidly. Now, I have well over a hundred. For the past 2 years, I have been overwintering these bulbs upside down in a cool pantry, in a cardboard box filled with Perlite. Perlite has gotten so expensive, I refuse to buy it, anymore.

This year, I will try a different method of storing the larger bulbs. The many bulblets, I will store as before. Again, borrowing from Attosa's tip for storing onions, the bulbs will be stored in panty hose

I took a leg of panty hose filled with the bulbs outside to photograph it. I wanted the other members to see just how these hose will stretch and how many bulbs can be gotten into one leg.

I'll bring the bulbs inside, double the strand and hang it from a hook in a cool pantry. They should do well under these conditions. I'm thinking many other types of large tropical bulbs could be stored this way.

Is there anything new under the Sun? Not really. Most things just haven't been discovered, yet. And if you are not a discoverer, you make do with borrowed technology. Thanks again, Ms Toosa!


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