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Spider lilies and Southern dewberries — 11 Comments

  1. Mayhaws??? They look like young mayhaws that should ripen next month. Holly usually has a darker, waxier leaf with a “piquant” or sticker on the end… I think!

    Have you been lurking around here boy? Mayhaws? That would be super! I can’t imagine that the flood waters brought in mayhaw bushes that were never here all these years. Someone recently asked me what in the heck a mayhaw is anyway? I’ve eaten the jelly, but never seen one growing!! I hope you’re right, MD. See you soon?

    PS: I read the description of mayhaw in my Louisiana Wildflower book, and it does not fit. Anyone else have an idea before I contact my LSU Extension Agent?

  2. It is definitely not a mayhaw. I had them on my property in Covington……….they did not look like this. I don’t know what it is.

  3. Isn’t this some kind of privet or that weed bush that grows everywhere? it’s invasive, isn’t it?

    Dan Gill (of master gardener fame) thinks it is a Deciduous Holly, so I’m not sure.

  4. It could be a honeysuckle. There’s one that grows here, but I can’t recall its name. It was one of those imported things that ended up being a weed. I want to say Japanese honeysuckle but i’m not sure that’s right.

  5. Please ell me more about the dewberry bush, my dad just purchased one and wants to know how to care for it.

    • Patty, thank you for the comment. So, if this is Possum Haw, it does not make any kind of fruit, right?

  6. My husband dug up a number of these down in the wetlands part of our land, near the Cumberland River, TN. They were planted for about five years and last year bloomed. They are so pretty. Just found out they are called bayou woman and are a spider lily.

    • Hi Linda and welcome to this bayou. We’ve had a couple little disputes about what they’re called. They are very similar to another lily species called swamp lily, but if you Google them side-by-side, you can see the difference in the shape and arrangement of the white flower pedals. Regardless, they are both beautiful plants! Thanks for stopping by and sharing! BW

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