James H. Schutte
(Chameleon Plant, Rainbow Plant)
Chameleon plant is a rapidly growing perennial native to marshy, woodland scrub of eastern Asia. It is a semi-deciduous groundcover or aquatic plant found in very shallow shoreline water. The leaves are oval to heart-shaped and emerge from spreading underground stems or rhizomes. The leaf color is blue-green, sometimes with a red margin and they have an unusual peppery-orange scent when crushed. The small, green flowers appear in summer on short, heavy spikes. Each flower spike has several larger,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Vividly colored and scented foliage of the variegated chameleon plant is a great garden conversation piece. A rapidly growing, semi-deciduous perennial native to marshy, woodland scrub of eastern Asia, it naturally forms a groundcover or a mat in shallow freshwater verges. The leaves are what make ‘Chameleon’ different; they are oval to heart-shaped, arising from spreading underground stems or rhizomes and are brightly variegated in pink-red, pale yellow and green. Leaves have an unusual but refreshing...
(Manyflower Marsh Pennywort, Pennywort)
Low and sprawling, manyflower marsh pennywort has fleshy, round green leaves and summertime clusters of tiny white starry flowers in rounded clusters. An herbaceous perennial native to the eastern United States and in parts of southern California, it spreads its prostrate stems across wet soil or floating upon water. In parts of the eastern United States this native wetland wildflower is endangered because of habitat destruction.
The round leaves are about the size of a ping-pong ball, flat,...
The origins of this stunning spider lily are unknown. However, many experts suspect Hymenocallis ‘Tropical Giant’ to be from the West Indies. Where ever it is from, grow it for its large size, spectacular white flowers and night fragrance.
Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant' is a clump-forming plant which has thick strap-shaped dark green leaves that arch gracefully. The leaves clasp around each other near the ground to form a false stem on top of huge bulbs. In summer, beautiful...
The pretty Carolina spiderlily is naturally distributed throughout the moist, swampy areas of the southeastern United States. It is a tender perennial bulb grown for its unusual white flowers and night fragrance.
Hymenocallis caroliniana is a clump-forming plant with medium green, short, strap-shaped leaves that arch gracefully. The rosette of leaves clasp together at the base and form an upright “false stem.” In summer, the plants produce branched clusters of beautiful, fragrant, white...
(Peruvian Daffodil, Spiderlily)
The charming spider lily, Hymenocallus longipetala, is a deciduous perennial bulb grown for its lush foliage and exotic, unusual white blooms. It is native to the higher elevations of Peru and Ecuador.
A clump-forming plant, this spider lily has dark green, strap-shaped leaves that arch gracefully. The leaves clasp together at the base and form an upright “false stem.” They rise from huge bulbs that are easily dug and divided. In summer, the plants produce branched clusters of beautiful,...
(Basket Flower, Peruvian Daffodil)
Peruvian lilies are tender, bulb-forming perennials native to the Andes of Peru and Bolivia. They are grown for their spectacular white flowers that are fringed and fragrant.
This clump-forming plant has thick strap-shaped dark green leaves that arch gracefully. The leaves clasp around each other near the ground to form a “false stem”. In summer, beautiful fragrant white flowers, which look like a cross between a daffodil and spider lily, appear. These have a fringed cup in the middle surrounded...
International Flower Bulb Centre
(Spiderlily, Zwanenburg Peruvian Daffodil)
This spider lily is a garden hybrid between Hymenocallis longipetala and Hymenocallis narcissiflora. It is a deciduous tender perennial grown for unusual frilly white flowers and handsome green foliage. The cultivated variety ‘Zwanenburg’ is vigorous, large and the blooms are huge.
A clump-forming plant, this spider lily has strap-shaped dark green leaves that arch gracefully. The leaves clasp around each other near the ground to form a false stem on top of large bulbs. In...
(Siberian St. John's Wort, St. Johnswort)
The tall stems of Siberian St. John's wort are topped with starry yellow flowers in summer, which later give way to large, cone-like fruits. This hardy, adaptable species occupies meadows, rocky slopes, streamsides and lightly wooded areas throughout eastern Asia, eastern Canada and the northeastern portion of the United States.
The upright, branching stems of this herbaceous perennial are clasped with opposite pairs of large, medium green, lance-shaped leaves. Highly variable in height, the...