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Hymenocallis narcissiflora
Hymenocallis narcissiflora

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Zones 5, 6, 8, 9, 14-31
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Bulbs are poisonous if ingested.

Hymenocallis narcissiflora

Basket Flower, Peruvian Daffodil
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials


Imagine a cross between a naked lady (Amaryllis belladonna) and a daffodil. Like naked lady, it has strap-shaped, 2-ft.-long leaves and thick flower stems carrying several large, fragrant flowers—though leaves and flowers appear together in hymenocallis. Like daffodils, the flowers have two sets of segments: the inner ones form a funnel, while the outer ones are longer, spidery, and recurved.

Plant in rich, well-drained soil—in late fall or early winter in frostless areas, after frost danger is past in colder climates. Set bulbs with tips 1 in. below the surface; space 1 ft. apart. Foliage keeps all summer if watered, dies in fall. Dig bulbs after leaves have yellowed (do not cut off fleshy roots), dry with roots facing up, and store in open trays in a cool, dry, dark place.

Hymenocallis narcissiflora

From the Peruvian Andes. This is the most commonly grown hymenocallis, with green-striped white flowers about 4 in. wide and held in clusters of two to five.

‘Advance’ has pure white flowers faintly lined with green in its throat.

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