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PlantFiles: St.Christopher Lily
Crinum jagus

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crinum (KRY-num) (Info)
Species: jagus (JAG-us) (Info)

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive revlar On May 20, 2009, revlar from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Crinum jagus readly produces viable seed .. we have sold and shipped them to buyers is the U.S., Australia and Africa. This is the species that a lot of the white varieties were hybrid from, unfortunately most hybrid crosses do not produce seed. They flower and look similar but the foliage of the species plant is a bit different .. they do not have the long sword shaped leaves ... they are shorter and wider with a bit of foliar pleating.

DonnaA2Z......Reports that her lily has not produced any seeds...apparently her lily is not Crinum jagus. Her lily is a hybrid .
Tried contacting her but apparently she is no longer a member..

Positive DonnaA2Z On Oct 12, 2008, DonnaA2Z from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The bloom is wonderfully delicate in appearance. It propagates itself by putting on offsets. I have had this plant for a few years now and have seen no sign of seed pods of any kind.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Brooksville, Florida
High Springs, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
North Augusta, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Gordonville, Texas

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