Hymenocallis traubii

Traub's Spider Lily

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Item #: 5551

Zones: 7a to 10b, possibly colder

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Hymenocallis traubii is one of those plants that doesn't exist if you read most scientific works on the genus. Some equate this Florida panhandle endemic with Hymenocallis rotata, and others with Hymenocallis tridentata. It's possibly a dwarf form of Hymenocallis rotata, but if so, it's deserving of a subspecies or varietal designation. We received our clone from Texas plantsman Logan Calhoun just prior to his death. For us, Hymenocallis traubii has been a star in our spring garden. This slowly stoloniferous mass produces small narrow-leafed, green rosettes just a few inches apart. Despite spreading, it is not aggressive...in psychobabble terms, it plays well with others. In late April (NC), Hymenocallis traubii is topped with a 1' flowering stalk which holds two to three narrow-petaled, pure white, spider-like flowers. A patch of Hymenocallis traubii in flower is truly magical when the sweet fragrance perfumes the air. While we have grown Hymenocallis traubii in a variety of conditions, it likes nothing better than a good pitcher plant bog.