SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hymenocallis
COMMON NAME(S): Spider lilies.
FAMILY: AMARYLLIDACEAE - Amaryllis family
ORIGIN: Southeastern United States to northern South America, about 50 spp.
HABITAT: Woods, along streams, wet praries, cultivated landscapes
CHARACTERISTICS: Large, underground bulbs
LEAVES: Strap-shaped or linear
FLOWERS: Large, showy, white, fragrant with a conspicuous cup formed by the expansion and fusion of the lower parts of the stamens
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer
FRUITS: Capsules containing a few large, green, fleshy seeds
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Unknown
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Handling of the bulbs and leaves has caused contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals. H. rotata (Ker Gawler) Herb., H. caroliniana (L.) Herb., H. palmeri S. Wats. and H. latifolia (Mill.) Roem. are all native to the region, the latter two in Florida only.