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PlantFiles: Hybrid Milk and Wine Lily
Crinum x herbertii

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crinum (KRY-num) (Info)
Species: x herbertii
Hybridized by Dean William Herbert; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1819

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One member has or wants this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive prozacqueen On Jun 26, 2013, prozacqueen from Temple, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was planted by my grandmother by the front door of the house I grew up in. It thrived in spite of my mother's brown thumb and complete neglect.

Positive RandyRick On May 23, 2012, RandyRick from Dahlonega, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

C.herbertii is one of the heirloom Crinum bulbs dating back to Dean William Herbert in 1819 who hybridized it from C. scabrum x C. bulbispermum. There are numerous cultivars of herbertii.

Obtained three jumbo crinum bulbs from an ebayer last summer. The first of the three has an umbel full of flowers now, and another has started a scape up. Beautiful milk & wine blooms!

C.herbertii can be distinguished from several other species and hybrids that are lumped into the general category of Milk & Wine by the fact that it has its pink stripe fade towards the edge of the petal. It inherits this trait from its C.scabrum parent.

I have several other Crinum herbertii which I expect to bloom as summer progresses.


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

Dahlonega, Georgia
Trout, Louisiana
Temple, Texas

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