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PlantFiles: Poison Bulb, Giant Crinum Lily, Grand Crinum Lily, Spider Lily
Crinum asiaticum

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crinum (KRY-num) (Info)
Species: asiaticum (a-see-AT-ee-kum) (Info)

32 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:
From bulbils

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

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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive donnacreation On Oct 20, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This crinum is very cold hardy and multiplies rapidly in the SC midlands, zone 8a.

Positive Calligrapher On Dec 14, 2009, Calligrapher from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

My spider crinum is in a completely shaded corner under a cottonwood tree. It's been there for over 15 years. It blooms profusely and smells heavenly! It has grown to 11' tall and 7' wide (many plants within that range). The seeds are sometimes larger than golf balls! I enjoy giving them to friends and family, as they all are amazed at the size and beauty of this plant. Fleming Island,FL

Positive fireflyintexas On Jun 5, 2009, fireflyintexas from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

I live on the Guadalupe river in New Braunfels and have three different kinds of crinums around my garden area. I have a pink crinum perched close to the water in a very sunny, Western slope and it blooms in mid-summer, but I have another crinum that is blooming for the first time this year that is tucked in a shadier part of the garden, on a slope again, and it has put out an amazingly long and winding bloom spike away from the actual plant and bulb! I will try to take a picture of it when it is in full bloom and put it on this website. I also have other crinums in a partly sunny spot and no signs of a bloom yet. I LOVE this plant! They are so hardy so long as you don't plant them in an area that gets too much water, as that could rot the bulb. What a heavenly plant! Lovely, lovely crinums!

Positive northlake On Feb 17, 2008, northlake from Orlando, FL wrote:

I collected droped seeds, Planted them with half of seed exposed. They germinated and I now have 6 small potted plants.

Positive ducecoopus On Jun 30, 2006, ducecoopus from Casselberry, FL wrote:

This plant does brown with frost but lives through it all. I regularly chop it back to the bulb in the spring and it comes back fast. It is growing in a group of 20 other crinum lilies. They are about 5' tall. When the flowers die and the bulbs fall on the ground they root themselves and start growing. Starts blooming in mid June.

Positive greenink On Sep 6, 2005, greenink from Hope Town Abaco
Bahamas (Zone 11) wrote:

This lily has a wonderful fragrance & is lovely in large flower arrangements, as well as in the garden.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Feb 18, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought a 30 gal pot of this plant for $25 at the end of the season sale at a local plant nursery last Fall. My investment was well worth the price! The plant survived through this winter with temperatures as low as 28 F on occasion. Though some of the leaves are brown from frost/freeze damage, it already has two vibrant, healthy flower spikes to herald the arrival of Spring. In the few months of growth last fall, it produced several side bulbs that are now almost as large as the original plant. I will eventually remove these and transplant them to other areas in my garden. It is a great specimen plant for a large, dramatic accent for a sunny spot in a tropical garden.


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

, (2 reports)
Anniston, Alabama
Benton, Arkansas
Carlsbad, California
Fullerton, California
Pacoima, California
Santa Barbara, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bokeelia, Florida
Brooksville, Florida (3 reports)
Cape Coral, Florida
Casselberry, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Crestview, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (4 reports)
Key West, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Naples, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Umatilla, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Conyers, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Gretna, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Cleveland, Mississippi
Florence, Mississippi
Lexington, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Canyon Lake, Texas
College Station, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas

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