Growing Peruvian Daffodil (Spider Flower, Basket Lily)

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

closeup of three beautiful blooms

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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.

Hymenocallis (Peruvian Daffodil) At Sunrise - beautiful white bloom with curling narrow petals coming out from center bloom

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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.

daffodil bulbs stored in a panty hose leg

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