Ismene longipetala

Source: euganeo_album

Ismene longipetala

Ismene longipetala or Spider Lily is part of the subgenus Elisena and is distinguished by its white semi-transparent flowers, its curly and elegant 10 cm long petals and a long perianth tube whose base is green. The crown measures about 3 cm in diameter.

The flower sits on top of a tubular shaft above the leaves that are 90 cm long and 3.5 to 5 cm wide. It is not fragrant.

Ismene longipetala is used in the creation of many hybrids.

Common names:

Peruvian Daffodil
Spider Lily


Elisena longipetala
Hymenocallis longipetala
Hymenocallis velardei
Liriopsis longipetala


Ecuador and Peru


USDA Zone 9, 5 °C




Division of bulbs


Sun, light or partial shade


  • can be grown in pots or open ground
  • grown in pots, water frequently during the growing season. It resists both swampy conditions and drought.
  • give fertiliser every 2 weeks
  • bring the bulbs inside in winter before the first frost
  • cut the leaves and stems of faded flowers and dry the plant
  • once dry, remove as much soil as possible from the bulb and leave it in a dry place, sheltered from frost
  • plant bulbs in spring when danger of frost is gone and the weather is much milder (May)
  • cut the faded flowers so that the bulb can regain strength before winter