Itsy, bitsy SPIDER…
Bulbs are mysterious storage organs that could be influenced by the seasons and water to produce the very weird and terrific blossoms, and one such summer bulb has to be the white spider lily (Hymenocallis).
The flowers, borne on stout 60cm stems and appearing from January to March, are pure black and white, resembling a spider with six slender recurved petals.
The leaves are long and luxurious, adding to the overall attractiveness of the plant, especially when grown as a pot plant on a shady patio. If you wish to expand them in the garden, plant them in compost-enriched soil in partial shade under trees. They adore morning sun and shade in the afternoon.
Plant these large bulbs with their nostrils in ground level from September to late November, and water and feed copiously with bulb until the end of summer. They must be kept dry when dormant. Potted bulbs could be dug up and stored during winter, or just laid on their side to stay sterile.