Flowers are really a charm for almost anyone. If you’re in search of a real beauty, you should take a look at the Peruvian daffodil…
The Peruvian daffodil is also called the spider lily. It’s a flower that is the center of attention in almost any garden. The flowers are large and attractive. It has a strong fragrance and has a very exquisite and intricate design. These Peruvian daffodils are somewhat similar to spiders because their blossoms are shaped like trumpets, but the cup of the flower has six long fingers like spiders; hence the name spider lily.
These Peruvian daffodils blossom in fall or in spring. The time they blossom depends upon the variety of the flower. What’s best about these flowers besides the way they look and smell is that they are insect resistant and they can survive without water as well. It grows up to about 2 feet tall and can spread out to about 4-8 inches. You will usually find Peruvian daffodils growing in ground covers, borders, beds and garden paths.
Peruvian Daffodil Care
There are certain things you need to know of when it comes to growing and taking care of Peruvian daffodils or spider lilies. They grow very well in zones from 8 till 10. They do adapt to growing outside these zones as well but you need to make sure that the bulbs are in an area that is free from frost during winters. You might have to dig them up for this reason.
It is recommended that you purchase the bulbs before summer ends and you should make sure that the bulbs are firm and they are plump. Avoid buying bulbs that are soft or are discolored or have sprouted. You need to plant the bulbs you buy during the end of summer so that you can see them bloom on the early fall.
Peruvian daffodils do great in shady regions but it does need some amount of sunshine as well. The soil in which they grow needs to be well drained. If your soil has drainage problem, its best you sort the problem out before planting the bulbs to avoid any disappointment. Humus rich soil is preferred for the growing of Peruvian daffodils. Each bulb needs to be about 3 to 5 inches deep and should be 12 inches away from each other if they are being planted together. Once the bloom is gone, you should get rid of the flowers that have faded. Leave the foliage behind so that they provide nourishment to the bulbs that will bloom later on.
We don’t recommend disturbing the bulbs in the first few years that they’ve been planted. But after a few years you can dig them up and plant them elsewhere if you wish. Since these daffodils don’t appreciate high temperatures and too much moisture, you will have to cover the root areas with mulch, so that they are protected.
It is also possible to grow these Peruvian daffodils in containers, but you need to make sure that you provide conditions that are complimentary for it to grow and survive.