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Crinum × amabile Donn ex Ker Gawl.

Giant spider lily

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAmaryllidaceaeAmaryllis family—plants that grow from bulbs. Includes onions and many others
GenusCrinumFrom Greek Krinon, meaning white lily

About plant names...

Spider lilies are so named for their flowers, whose long narrow-petaled flowers resemble spiders. There are numerous species spanning several genera: Crinum (about 180 species), Hymenocalis (65), and Lycoris (20). That’s before the cultivated varieties are counted. Spider lilies come from South Africa and tropical Asia, and are not native to North America.

Identification: Giant spider lily leaves form a basal rosette. Leaves are straplike, linear, and parallel-veined, 2-4′ (60-121 cm) in length. Plants may reach 5′ (1.5 m) in diameter. The leaves are greenish-red. Flowers appear atop a stalk 1-3′ (30-91 cm) tall. Each flower appears at the end of a reddish-purple tube 6″ (15 cm) long. It consists of six white petals about ½-1″ (1.3-2.5 cm) wide, six reddish-purple sepals ¼″ (6.3 mm) wide. Each sepal is tipped by a stamen. Fruits are lobed seed capsules 1½-2″ (3.8-5 cm) thick.

Online References:

The University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Crinum × superbum Roxb.

Crinum × amabile var. augustum (Roxb.) Ker Gawl.

Crinum × augustum Roxb.


Crinum × amabile description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Crinum × (giant spider lily)

Not sure which cultivar. · 6/4/2017 · Waikiki, HI · By Lisa Naumann ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 8B-11:

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