Crinum lilies (Crinum spp.) are large, heat and moisture loving plants, producing an abundant array of showy flowers in summer. Foliage is spirally arranged, coarse and open. It is often used for a short, growing hedge.
|1||Crinum Lily, Spider Lilly (White) – Plant|
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 a pots/containers that are at least two inches larger in diameter than the bulbs. Dark green strap-like leaves may be more than 3 feet long by 4 inches wide. Flowers are shaped like tubes that flare open into a crown of narrow petals. The flowers are white and are arranged in clusters atop thick, succulent stems. Stamens are purple in color.
|Common Name||Grand crinum lily, Poison Bulb, Giant Crinum Lily, Spider Lily, Nagadamani|
|Maximum Reachable Height||2 to 4 feet|
|Bloom Time||July to August|
|Difficulty Level||Easy to grow|
Planting And Care
- Members of the Crinum family are not the easiest to look after, they should be fertilized about three times a year.
- The leaves and flowers should be cut off once they have died.
- If you live in a very cold area then the bulbs should be removed from the garden in the autumn, and stored indoors in a cool place.
- It may take as long as five years before you see flowers from your Crinum lilies
Crinum Lily Care
Bulbs are easily grown in consistently moist, organically rich, fertile soils in full sun to light shade. This plant is fairly tolerant of brief periods of drought. Bring containers inside in fall before first frost for overwintering in a frost-free location.
Sunlight Full sun to part shade Watering Medium Soil Moist, organically rich, fertile soil Temperature 60 to 70 degrees F Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer
Crinum Lily Special Feature
Borders, containers, houseplants, pond or water garden peripheries. Good accent. Good cut flower.
Crinum Lily Uses
- The plant is used for an ornamental purpose
- Bulbs are extremely acrid
- When roasted, they are used as a rubefacient in rheumatism
- Crushed and toasted bulb is applied to piles and abscesses to cause suppuration
- The juice of the leaf is used in earache
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