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Monday, May 14, 2012

Ismene festalis

Ismene festalisIsmene Festalis or Spider Lily has an umbel of 4 or 6 white fragrant flowers. The flowers have a trumpet-shaped staminal crown, surrounded by 6 long recurved strap-shaped petals.

The plant forms a tuft of leaves of 40-60 cm, lanceolate and bright green. It is from the center of the clump that the flower stalk grows erect.

Common names:

Ismene
Peruvian Daffodil
Spider Lily

Synonym:

Hymenocallis x Festalis

Origin:

Hybrid of Ismene longipetala and Ismene narcissiflora (1933)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9, 5 °C

Flowering:

July-August

Propagation:

Seed
Division of bulbs


Exposure:

Sun, light or partial shade

Care:

  • can be grown in pots or open ground
  • grown in pots, water frequently during the growing season. It resists both swampy conditions and drought.
  • give fertiliser every 2 weeks
  • bring the bulbs inside in winter before the first frost
  • cut the leaves and stems of faded flowers and dry the plant
  • once dry, remove as much soil as possible from the bulb and leave it in a dry place, sheltered from frost
  • plant bulbs in spring when danger of frost is gone and the weather is much milder (May)
  • cut the faded flowers so that the bulb can regain strength before winter