Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) 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: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Blue-Green Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Other details: Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
On Jun 30, 2012, forgottenfl from Crawfordville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant has bloomed every summer in my FL Big Bend area woodland garden and were planted about 15 years ago. The only complaint I would have is that it doesn't bloom long enough, but while it does it is amazing. My woods are fairly dry and it does not have heavy water needs from what I can tell. Mine currently need dividing and I'll do that next spring so I will report then as to the success with that venture.
On Jul 29, 2006, Bartramsgarden from Trenton, FL wrote:
These lilies develop into massive, highly structural clumps (up to 6' high and 8' wide) in my area. Little green tree frogs and lizards quickly colonize these clumps, and hummingbirds love the blossoms, making this plant a fascinating addition to a patio where you drink coffee in the morning. They die back in winter, but quickly recover.
I have seen them growing happily in both well-drained sandy soil and along the edge of bodies of water.
Of special note: Unnamed varieties with purple-tinged leaves and light pink flowers are being sold locally. I purchased one of these a year ago and planted it in my garden. While it does not seem to grow quite as quickly as the basic green-leaved variety, it is as healthy, trouble-free, and beautiful.
If all natives plants were this appealing, we would have much fewer problems with non-native invasives!
On Dec 11, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
I've been looking for this plant for my Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, garden for some time, and hopefully will find some bulbs soon, as my Southern Living Garden Book says this plant will take deep shade. It's native to "water edges and swamps in southeastern US and Gulf Coast," so I have the perfect climate for them here, back only 25 miles from the Gulf. Plus I love fragrant flowers.
I can find all kinds of the other crinums, but I'd like to have this particular one to plant in some garden beds I'm dedicating to native plants only, and I think the white flowers would especially show up under the shade of my old oaks.
On Dec 10, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Great plant which is easy to grow and pest free. Will grow in sun or shade, though blooms more freely in sun. Suitable for garden, water garden or bogs. Self seeds under good growing conditions and spreads by underground stolons (new bulbs start at the ends).
On Aug 20, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
This native plant is less-known but better suited to most American gardens than the South African crinums found in many old homesteads.
Its fragrant white flowers are held upright, and bloom all season as long as the soil is kept moist.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mackenzie, Alabama San Francisco, California Bartow, Florida Bayport, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida (2 reports) Crawfordville, Florida June Park, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Lakeside, Florida Lakewood Park, Florida Longwood, Florida Ocala, Florida Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pensacola, Florida South Venice, Florida Trenton, Florida Utopia, Florida Lithonia, Georgia Baton Rouge, Louisiana Gonzales, Louisiana Mandeville, Louisiana New Iberia, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Old Jefferson, Louisiana Violet, Louisiana Andover, Massachusetts Carriere, Mississippi Glen Raven, North Carolina Stallings, North Carolina Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bluffton, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Fair Play, South Carolina Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Murphys Estates, South Carolina Parris Island, South Carolina Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Beaumont, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) Orange, Texas San Antonio, Texas