Visitors to Landsford Canal State Park in Catawba, South Carolina usually venture to the park for its spectacular beauty of the Catawba River and incredible canoeing and kayaking along the waterway. But for a few short weeks each year, the luckiest adventurers can partake in all these activities while surrounded by the rare Rocky Shoals spider lily (Hymenocallis coronaria).
This fragrant lily is only found in select Southern states – South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and perhaps North Carolina – and requires plenty of direct sunlight and a very swift but shallow watery surface upon which to grow. Blooming season is generally the months of May and June. The park has a bloom calendar for the lilies and even a Lilyfest (mid-May) each year.
June 2, 2017