The Sulphur Queen Hymenocallis is cold hardy in zones 8,9 and 10, and the plant enters dormancy during the fall and sends up a flower stem with 4 or more trumpet shaped yellow flowers in June. Within the lacy frilled cup from the flower face, arises 6 narrow filaments of gold, giving the flower an exotic and dramatic flair. A wonderful, eclectic fragrance rushes from the interior flower cup to delight the attentive gardener. In Northern climates, these winter dormant bulbs are often planted in containers for indoor flowering.
This delicate white flower, Hymenocallis zeylanicum, originated in the far east and is covered with one foot amaryllis-like leaves that rise from the base. The flowers are pleasantly perfumed with an exotic fragrance, and the bulb is about the size of a hen's egg and is cold hardy out of doors in zone 8, 9, and 10. The cup shaped, centered, white flower is implanted with short stamens near the lip circumference, and at the base of the cup, six slender white bands radiate and reflex gracefully, and you may agree that this plant is unlike any other flower. For those tropical bulb collectors searching for the exotic and rare flower, this lily may fit into their special garden or container.
This rare flower was imported by Ty Ty Bulb Company in 1978 from India where it was said to be native flora. The amaryllis-like leaves are much smaller than most hymenocallis and the flower stem grows about 3 feet tall, topped by 4 to 6 white spidery-like flowers richly perfumed. The brown bulbs are about the size of a hen egg and the flowering occurs in Southern Georgia in late August and September. The Hymenocallis riparia grows abundantly along walkway paths and enters dormancy at the first frost.