This native lily is also known as the 'Texas Spider Lily.' Every April, these spidery white blooms begin to appear in wetland areas across Texas and the Southeastern United States. They make large clumps and showy displays in settings that are often too hostile to other bulbs and plants. The flowers fade as we head into May, but the show was well worth it! They produce multiple softball-size blooms atop strong stalks amid dark green foliage. In pond areas, they look like islands of white color!
In the early to mid-1800's, explorer Jean Louis Berlandier, a Swiss-French botanist, charted the plants of Mexico, an area that included sections of present-day Texas. In his journal he describes a scene where his expedition party that hiked from San Antonio to Rusk, TX found itself surrounded by knee-high white lilies. Many believe these flowers were the white spidery blooms of Hymenocallis liriosme. Berlandier wrote of many interesting aspects of life in Texas in the mid 1950's, such as foot long fresh water prawns from the rivers taken to open markets in San Antonio in wooden wheel barrows. Alas, abundant foot long fresh water prawns in Texas rivers can no longer be found. However, the botanical displays of these white spider lilies have persisted and can still be enjoyed today! Drive county roads in April, and you could find yourself in the middle of these spectacular beauties. We're excited to offer them to our customers!
WARNING: Native flowers and bulbs can be hard to sometimes adapt to modern landscapes. Please note that the native habitat for this bulb is an environment in which it is is extremely wet in the spring, and dry in the summer. Some examples of this would be fields that have standing water in the spring but dry out in the summer, spillways from lakes or ponds that over flow in the spring but don't in the summer, stream banks that are high in the spring and low in the summer, bar ditches that collect water in the spring off the side of a road, etc. The bulbs are smaller than what you would expect for the amount of blooms they eventually put out once they are mature. We have them circling the farm ponds at the Southern Bulb Company farm. In August, these ponds are lower and dry around the banks...the bulbs love it, and bloom in standing water in April when the ponds are high.