Native to tropical grasslands and rocky areas commonly found in Central and Southern America, hymenocallises or ismenes produce large, exotic, sweetly scented flowers held above strap-like leaves on slender stems. Sculptural and delicate, these striking statement plants evoke the appearance of spidery lilies, hence their other common name spider lilies. Wonderful plants for the conservatory, hymenocallises can also be grown outside as long as they are provided with a deep winter mulch. Try mixing them with ferns and grasses or light and airy flowers such as asters or gauras.
Plant around 5 cm deep in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, ideally near a warm, sunny wall. Protect from excessive wet when dormant.
Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Generally, hymenocallises do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.