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PlantFiles: Crinum Lily
Crinum 'Cecil Houdyshel'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crinum (KRY-num) (Info)
Cultivar: Cecil Houdyshel

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Jan 30, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a tetraploid Crinum x powelii bred by Cecil Houdyshel. It has a reputation for repeating bloom over a long season and for offsetting rapidly. Sometimes sets seed.

At least some forms of Crinum x powellii have been successfully grown in the ground as far north as Z5b.

Positive RandyRick On May 4, 2012, RandyRick from Dahlonega, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have several Cecil's growing here in zone 7b. The larger ones have made offset bulbs this year.

Bulbs are available from Lush Life (Jenks Farmer) and from BulbsNMore and others.

I should have some good pictures to post from my gardens this summer. They bloomed for me in 2011, but I only have pictures taken with a cellphone.

Cecil Houdyshel is a species powellii (C. moorei x C. bulbispermum). Has a reputation as a good repeat bloomer.

Positive themikesmom On Aug 13, 2011, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Very wonderful rare lavender pink historic crinum bulb found at older homes and historic plantations in the Southeastern United States. Very hard to find bulb, as this variety of crinum I understand is not still available in the commercial bulb market. becoming very rare to see except in these rural areas of the South, particularly in North and South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. My son and me saw some growing here in rural NC on an older gentlemans property in front of his house. he was in his early 90's and these crinum's were over 5ft tall. Very Beautiful almost glowing variety of crinum, and they bloomed for several weeks.


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

La Verne, California
Dahlonega, Georgia
Concord, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Ennis, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia

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