The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily
A Southern Beauty
About This Beautiful Plant!
The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily (RSSL)(
), 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
FEDERAL SPECIES OFCONCERN
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(
) is also calledthe
. It is typically foundin large streams and rivers in
The RockyShoals SpiderLily is considereda