Spider Plant Identification - Knowledgebase Question

Kill Devil Hills, NC
Question by Yota11
May 24, 1999
My neighbor dug up some plants today, and insisted that they were spider plants. Is there such thing as a perennial spider plant. Also, these "spider plants" had tubrous clusters that look like lilies to me. I said that they are lilies. They did not have the variegation that I have seen in spider plants. What do you think?


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Answer from NGA
May 24, 1999

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Hmm, it's tough to identify plants without seeing them, but I wonder if what your neighbor has is a Spider Lily (Lycoris). It is a bulb plant and it has narrow, strap shaped leaves similar to the typical houseplant. It does flower in late summer/fall with a flower head that has very thin petals that curve upwards. Just to make things more interesting, there is a variety of spider plant (houseplant) that has plain green leaves without variegation! Perhaps you could look up Lycoris in a reference book at your local library, or find a photo of it online and compare it to your neighbor's plant. Good luck!

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