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PlantFiles: Milk and Wine Lily
Crinum zeylanicum

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crinum (KRY-num) (Info)
Species: zeylanicum (zey-LAN-ee-kum) (Info)

Synonym:Amaryllis zeylanicum
Synonym:Crinum latifolium
Synonym:Crinum ornatum

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive maimai2 On Jul 19, 2012, maimai2 from Garland, TX wrote:

Dave's garden stated that
Milk and Wine crinum has synonyms as follows :

Synonym:Amaryllis zeylanicum
Synonym:Crinum latifolium
Synonym:Crinum ornatum

I do not aggree. Crinum latifolum and Milk and Wine lily are two different crinums .
- Flowers might look alike, but flowers of the Milk and Wine are 4 times bigger than the flowers of the crinum latifolium .
- Bulbs of the Milk and Wine lily are huge , when bulbs of the crinum latifolium look like shallots

Positive subhransu On Feb 5, 2008, subhransu from baripada
India wrote:

In India this plant is known as sudarshana in Hindi & sanskrit language. this plant has tremendous medicinal properties. The roots and the leafes are used in is used as a febrifuge & used in skin disorder & inflammations.Also used as an analgesic.
from Dr.subhransu sekhar mishra
medical research scientist
Next Genaration technology

Positive jawadkundi On Jan 11, 2007, jawadkundi from Lahore
Pakistan wrote:

" Milk and Wine Lily, is an elegant lily with natural timer set to it, here in my garden, (Lahore - Pakistan), I have a few hundreds of them and I have two varieties of it, one is the small stem which bears two flowers and the other is a double " four flower with longer stem, they shed flowers for a whole month.

Late July monsoon rain brings first shedding, some two three hundred stalks sprout, and bloom in 3 nights, the bulb multiplies in many baby bulbs so in february its good for them to take them out from the soil and replant them, so to scatter them and detach small bulbs from the parent one, clipping their leaves makes them healthy and so makes the flower bigger and healthier.

There is an amazing season related phenomenon, a very beautiful white spider with pink tiger like stripes developes in them, as the flower bed blooms, I have awaited it this season but could not snap it, lets hope the coming season i might snap it and upload the image.

The spider is very shy, about half an inch in size. Makes small cobwebs amongst the flowers, it lives in the flower bell, also if we cut the flowers and put them in water vase, they stay fresh for a week, filling the indoors with a very light sweet fragrance.

Positive FlowrLady On Jul 16, 2006, FlowrLady from -South Central-, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

We all have our idea of a cherished plant. This one is cherished because it came to me from my grandmother (who died in 1957) through my aunt, and to me. It is a Very Old heirloom pass-along plant.

It grows easily and is beautiful in my north MS garden.

I recommend it to anyone who loves beauty, fragrance, and dependability.

Positive gone2seed On Jun 11, 2005, gone2seed from Milton, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easy to grow and give us a profusion of bloom during June.Ours grow in sandy soil and get no special attention .
The description above gives the stripe color as scarlet.I would describe it as medium to dark pink.

Positive acampbell On Sep 25, 2003, acampbell from Rowland, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very pretty lily! I have a large clump of them that were in the yard when I bought the house. There are other around the neighborhood too. The red is not at deep as the picture here, but they just keep on keeping on without my doing anything. My definition of a perfect plant! The flowers on their stalks are at least 3'-4' tall. The leaves are very long, at least 3'. The seed pods are rather large, about 1" in diameter at least, and lots of them. I've just let them fall, and I think they are coming up from the seeds too, though I wouldn't swear to it.

Neutral tiG On Jun 18, 2001, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful white blooms with pink striping in summer. Crinum lilies have graced southern gardens for years. This one has a spicy sweet scent.

Will grow in moist well drained or seasonally wet soil at waters edge.

Protect from cold weather by mulching.

Two schools of thought on depth to plant. One is plant to neck of bulb, the other is plant very deep.
Ours never bloomed until I dug them up and planted them deep. (zone 7) We have a profusion of flowers the whole month of June.


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

Moody, Alabama
Vernon, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Queen Creek, Arizona
Hope, Arkansas
Mountain View, Arkansas
Solgohachia, Arkansas
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
High Springs, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Monroe, Georgia
Pine Mountain, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Tifton, Georgia
Waverly, Georgia
West Point, Georgia
Woodbury, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bordelonville, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Grenada, Mississippi
Maben, Mississippi
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Leicester, North Carolina
Rowland, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Conway, South Carolina (2 reports)
Ellendale, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Colmesneil, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Dickinson, Texas
Fate, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Gladewater, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Whitehouse, Texas
Winnsboro, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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