Crinum Lily

Crinum Lily

Crinum Asiaticum is a tender perennial bulb in the Amaryllis family. Lily-like flowers (to 4” wide and long) bloom in clusters in summer atop leafless scapes (to 3-4’ tall) above a clump of strap-shaped green leaves. Flowers display in whites, pinks and reds. Most flowers are fragrant. Crinum Lily bulbs are large and taper into elongated necks.    

Bulbs are easily grown in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. North of Zone 8, plants are usually grown in large containers and brought inside in winter. Plant bulbs in pots/containers that are at least two inches larger in diameter than the bulbs. Bulbs like to be pot-bound. Set bulb in pot with the neck exposed to about 70% of the plant. Keep soils moist and fertilize regularly during growing season.

After bloom, reduce watering so that soil dries out between waterings. Bring containers inside in fall before first frost for overwintering in a cool, dry, frost-free location.  Alternatively, it can be brought inside the house and kept going. 

Crinum roots do not like to be disturbed and, once disturbed, plants may not bloom for another 2-3 years.  


Hardiness Zone: 8 to 10

Sun:                    Full sun to part shade

Water:                 Medium

Flower:               Showy, Fragrant

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