Ismnene Peruvian Lily
( / )
- SHIPSBeginning mid-April, after your last frost date
- ZONEGrows everywhere in the USA (perennial zones 11-8; annual, zones 7-2)
- INCLUDES2 bulbs in a cloth bag
- Botanical NameHymenocallis
The Ismnene Peruvian Lily is not really a lily at all. It's more like a daffodil, but its closest relative is an amaryllis. These guys grow great indoors, but if planted outdoors make sure to wait until after your last frost to plant. You can also bring the bulbs back inside in the late fall to save them for next year (kind of like you do for Dahlias). Includes two bulbs.
- SUNFull sun
- HEIGHT 2ft when full grown
- SPACING 18" between plants
- CLIMATE Native to American South East, grows anywhere
- DEER Deer resistant
- WATERKeep water moist while flowering
- INDOOR+POTSGrows well in containers inside and outside
How to Plant
Start by preparing your spot. Dig a hole about 2-3 times the size of the bulb. Mix compost or the soil enhancer of your choice into the dirt and return about half of it into the hole before placing the bulb on top. You'll want to bury your bulb with the pointy side up (there might be a bit of cut stem there too) and the scraggly butt down (those are roots). The bulb should be planted about 5" deep, so the top is about 3" below the surface. Fill in the hole with the remaining soil and compress until gently firm then water deeply. If planting in a pot, be sure to add a 1" layer of pebbles or stones to the bottom to allow for proper drainage, and plant the bulb so that the top of the bulb is exposed (neck and shoulders).
Where to Plant
Outdoors in a very sunny spot, in well-draining soil. Indoors in a bright room or a sunny windowsill. One bulb works nicely in a 5" pot.
When to Plant
Plant in your garden or outdoors in a container in the late spring, after all threat of frost is gone and the soil has warmed. Plant indoors anytime.
When to Expect Blooms
Mid-summer through early fall
The Ismnene Peruvian Lily lives in marshy environments, so it likes, wet, well-drained (slightly sandy or coarse), very fertile soil when it is in bloom. Water regularly in dry environments, so that the soil is always moist to the touch, and consider a glazed ceramic or plastic container, as the soil will stay moist longer than a typical clay or terracotta pot. Once its bloom time is over, and the leaves begin to fade, stop watering and allow the bulb to dry out and go dormant.
For cold winter zones: After your first frost, dig up your bulbs and store in a warm, dark place over 60° degrees. More information on digging and storing can be found on our Plant Care page.