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Mangrove spiderlily, Perfumed spiderlily
Hymenocallis latifolia

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower gardens. Moist coastal locations.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A relatively commmon element of coastal uplands.

Availability: Widely cultivated. Available in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape (561-245-5305).

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower from a basal rosette. Leaves strap-like, leathery, up to 2 1/2 feet long.

Dimensions: Typically 2-3 feet in height, more when in flower. About as tall as broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Volusia, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; Texas; West Indies.

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 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Coastal beaches and thickets; sometimes along the margins of mangrove swamps.

Soils: Moist, well-drained to occasionally inundated brackish sandy soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Showy. Fragrant.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Green fleshy capsule. Maturing in fall.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and divisions.

References: Nelson 2003

Comments: Luber grasshoppers chew the leaves. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Cara Abbott, 2022.

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