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About the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily

About the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily

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Published by: The State Newspaper on May 21, 2010
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Rocky ShoalsSpider Lily
Hymenocallis coronaria
Life Cycle
Photograph by Sparkle Clark 
As the lilies grow, they orm aroot mass that anchors themto the shallows. This keepsthem rom getting sweptaway by swit river currents.Some, but not all,fowers will set seed.Some seeds matureand eventually all o the plant to try andorm a seedling. Otherseeds rot beore theynish maturing.Once theyreach 2-3years o age,the liliesfower. Olderlilies will puton morefowers.Mature seeds all o the liliesand sink until they hit thebottom. I they land on ashallow shel, theygerminate.Seedlings become juvenilesand do not bloom or therst couple o years o lie.
Unless otherwise designated, all photographs are by the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Preservation Team.
Help Save The Rocky ShoalsSpider Lily
Photograph by Sparkle Clark 
Admire them from your boator river banks.
Don’t walk on the shoals wherethey live. You could crush themaccidentally.
 They grow best on shallowshoals in the river where thewater fows over their roots.
Take only pictures so we canenjoy them for years to come.
If you pick them, they can’t forma seed. More seeds means morelilies for the future!
Don’t try to grow them inyour yard!
Unless otherwise designated, all photographs are by the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Preservation Team.
The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily
 A Southern Beauty
About This Beautiful Plant!
The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily (RSSL)(
Hymenocallis coronaria 
), also called theCahaba Lily, is a flowering aquatic plant. It isnative to large streams and rivers in SouthCarolina, Georgia and Alabama. As the namewould suggest, these areas usually consist ofrocky shoals and bedrock outcrops thatprovide anchor points for the RSSL’s rootsand bulbs. RSSL grows best in constantlyflowing, shallow water.The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily isconsidered a
by the United States Fish &Wildlife Service. Historically, their decline hasbeen attributed to man-made changes in riverand stream channelsthat lead to loss ofshoal habitat. Current populations are still threatened by modificationof river flows and fluctuating water levels resulting from damoperations, water pollution and people trying to collect them for usein gardens.
Experience The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily!
Columbia Riverfront Park has excellent vantage points to view the RockyShoals Spider Lilies. The lilies are in the island complex at the confluence of the Broad andSaluda rivers and just upstream of theconfluence in the bypass reach of the BroadRiver downstream of the Columbia DiversionDam. Each spring from mid-April to May in thissection of the Broad River, one to three stalkswill emerge from a RSSL bulb and each willproduce a group of six to nine beautiful whiteflowers. Peak flowering usually occurs from mid-May to mid-June.
Help Out ByFollowing These Rules
Don’t pick the lilies! Leave theflowers to form new seeds.
Leave the lily plants! Don’t try andreplant them at home. 
Don’t walk on their islands!Youmight crush them. The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily(
Hymenocallis coronaria 
) is also calledthe 
Cahaba Lily
. It is typically foundin large streams and rivers in 
The RockyShoals SpiderLily is considereda
Map of Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Colonies
About The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily Preservation Team!
The City of Columbia, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), the South Carolina Department ofNatural Resources (SCDNR), the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have joinedtogether to form a Rocky Shoals Spider Lily preservation team. Our goal is to reestablish Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies alongstretches of the Broad, lower Saluda, and Congaree Rivers and to raise public awareness about them.
This map showswhere RockyShoals SpiderLily colonies canbe found.Have fun findingthem as youexplore the river,but remember toTAKE ONLYPICTURES!

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