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Crinum Lily

Crinum scabrum

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crinum (KRY-num) (Info)
Species: scabrum (SKAY-brum) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms all year




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From bulbils

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Apopka, Florida

Brooksville, Florida (2 reports)

Cape Coral, Florida

Floral City, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Longwood, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Ethel, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Trout, Louisiana

Easton, Maryland

Magee, Mississippi

Roswell, New Mexico

North Augusta, South Carolina

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Beaumont, Texas

Broaddus, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Buena Vista, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 5, 2006, esfisher from Tampa, FL wrote:

I do have several crinums in my yard (zone 11) and love them. However, they've developed red splotches on the leaves. Is this leaf spot and if so what is the recommended treatment? Or is this a sign of nutrient deficiency. Most of my plants get full sun and in fact the only plant not afflicted is in the backyard and gets partial sun.
Thank you.


On Apr 22, 2006, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zone 8b, Sam Rayburn Lake, east TX
My Crinum Scabrum is currently blooming today, April 22-06 in a 23" pot. I do need your suggestion on how to deadhead. Do I remove bloom above or below small bean-size bulb immediately below blossom?
Thanking you in advance for your comments. Sunbonnet Sue


On Jun 10, 2005, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This old fashioned crinum lily is a low maintence plant that produces lovely pink and white stripped blooms about the size of an Easter Lily that have the most wonderful fragrance! The tall bloom stalk stands about 18 - 24 inches above the abundant foilage and holds several blooms at a time! These will produce several flower stalks during the warmer months with the majority of blooms coming in the spring and fall. These lilies will multiply by producing bulbs underground as well as from the seeds that form after the blooms.