Landsford Canal State Park is home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies. These beautiful flowers bloom each year along the Catawba River and can be viewed from the park from May through mid-June. A 1.5-mile, round trip hike down the Canal Trail takes you to an overlook where the spider lilies can be best viewed.
June 12, 2020
The lilies appear to have taken a rough hit when the water levels were high. They are about 30-40% in bloom now, but these are located on the far side of the population. Due to the damage they have sustained, it appears this will be about as far as they will go. We should continue to have some scattered blooms for the next few weeks. These are hearty plants and they have experienced this for thousands of years and will be fine, just without their impressive blooms this year. Make plans for next year!
June 5, 2020
Good news! River levels are returning to normal according to Duke-Energy’s website. This is starting today, June 5, which means the river is open for paddling. Please know that hard downpours can change this at any time. The lilies will be slow to recover from these weeks of high water, but we expect some blooms. It may take up to a week for them to fully stand up and grow flowering stalks. We will report back next week to update blooms, but we are assuming a less than full peak this year.
June 1, 2020
As of June 1, the river is still extremely high and dangerous and the lilies are still under water. This is approaching 3 weeks of submersion and we still do not know what kind of bloom recovery may happen until we can actually see the plants. Also, once the water gets back to normal, the lilies will need a week to 10 days to recover what blooms they can. We hope this little dry spell will give us some normal water soon. We will update again when the plants are visible. Thank you for all the inquiries, these plants have been surviving these conditions for thousands of years.
May 22, 2020
After four days of heavy rains, the lilies have been and probably will stay under water for the holiday weekend. Since they were not quite to peak yet, we are hoping for some recovery after the water recedes. We will not know this until we can actually see them. Please stay away from the river when it is this high. Boating is prohibited for the foreseeable future for your safety.
May 14, 2020
As of this week, the lilies are at about 30% bloom and are slowly increasing. We believe this should put peak bloom about 1 to 2 weeks away.
May 6, 2020
We here at Landsford Canal understand many of you want to plan a trip to view the lilies! Just like all wildlife, plants can exhibit patterns, but many things can affect them.
Spring here has been very wet, and the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily has spent many weeks (off and on) under water. While their growth appeared normal, we did not see first blooms at the end of April like normal. This can lead us to suspect that the peak flowering may be delayed. Until the river levels come down we cannot see the plants to verify this. Once we can see them, we will count blooms and give everyone an update as to their suspected peak-time range. We appreciate your patience and continued interest in this fascinating plant! Stay tuned here for updates!
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