Crinum × amabile Donn ex Ker Gawl.
Crinum × amabile var. augustum (Roxb.) Ker Gawl.
Crinum × augustum Roxb.
Crinum × superbum Roxb.
Giant spider lily
Spider lilies are so named for their flowers, whose long narrow-petaled flowers resemble spiders. There are numerous species spanning several genera: Crinum (about 180 species), Hymenocalis (65), and Lycoris (20). That’s before the cultivated varieties are counted. Spider lilies come from South Africa and tropical Asia, and are not native to North America.
Identification: Giant spider lily leaves form a basal rosette. Leaves are straplike, linear, and parallel-veined, 24-48" (60-121 cm) in length. Plants may reach 5' (1.5 m) in diameter. The leaves are greenish-red. Flowers appear atop a stalk 12-36" (30-91 cm) tall. Each flower appears at the end of a reddish-purple tube 6" (15 cm) long. It consists of six white petals about ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) wide, six reddish-purple sepals ¼" (6.3 mm) wide. Each sepal is tipped by a stamen. Fruits are lobed seed capsules 1½-2" (3.8-5 cm) thick.
Crinum × amabile at the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site
Crinum × amabile at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Crinum × amabile on htbg.com
Crinum × amabile description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 8B-11: