Category: Bulbs Perennials Shrubs Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Hardiness: 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
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Fuchsia (Red-Purple) Red Scarlet (Dark Red)
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter Blooms repeatedly
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Burgundy Dark/Black Smooth-Textured Leathery-Textured
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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
I collected ripe seeds (they look like bulbs) from a plant growing at a motel in San Francisco in 1978, and planted them in my garden in Anaheim, California.
It is now huge, (35 years later!) still doing fine, a multi-trunked beauty which flowers regularly.
It is pretty tough, does not get watered often and never fertilized. I am on level ground, old riverbed (deep coarse sand) with about 8" of old topsoil from the days when this was a walnut grove.
On Jul 27, 2009, dlsamuels from Spring, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:
This plant is wonderful! It needs to be about 3-5 years old to start sending out flowers stalks. Each stalk has +/- 16 separate flowers.
I have these in the ground and in pots... the bigger the pot - the bigger the bulb can become - hence a larger specimen.
The plant readily sends out 'pup' plants and can also be propogated by use of the seed pods. Please note though... the 'pup' plants are beautiful purple too. The plants started from seed - at least so far fro me - are not as colorful.
On Jul 6, 2009, jimmy2 from live oak, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have this growing at the back of a fence,semi shade,not really taken off planted last fall,and only few leaves have sprouted,fertlized,compost, must be texas heat 103 temp hopefully grow,in akaline soil ?
On Nov 13, 2008, rplingaltx from Galveston, TX wrote:
An interesting note...I purchased a very young one of these crinums last year. I planted it in the ground where it has done pretty well, but the true test was hurricane Ike. The poor little crinum was totally inundated in 7 feet of SALT WATER and I have to say, it looks better today than it did before the storm. Did not even lose one leaf!
On Nov 3, 2008, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have several of the giant bulbs growing, mostly in container culture so I can protect them from frost. Though, I'm experimenting with one of them planted directly into the garden. Will create some type of tent and leave them outdoor to see if it will withstand our winter. I'll add my zipcode should I have success.
I admired this plant in local parks and older neighborhoods for years, but couldn't find anyone selling them. I finally noticed in the Central Florida area, they actually drop "seeds" approximately late November to December. When you look at the plant you'll notice a "bulb" remains after the flower has dropped. As the spent flower dries, so does the bulb and eventually falls off. If left on the ground, a new plant will grow from it. So if you want your own, pick up the seeds/bulbs and gently push into ground by hand (assuming we're talking about Florida's sandy soil) and just leave them (normally I leave the top of it uncovered as that is how they self seed) . Within a month you will notice growth. It is somewhat cold sensitive, but worth the effort!
On Jun 1, 2006, lanceleb from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:
While vacationing last August at Disney World in Orlando (the Beach Club) I noticed large numbers of these at every stage of growth. Some were almost 5 1/2' tall.
I asked one of the gardeners if I could try to take a cutting.
Surprisingly he offered to dig some of the smallest ones up for me. I wraped three of them in wet paper towels and placed them in a plastic bag. I transplanted them into potts 2 days later when I got home to Baton Rouge. I lost 2 of them but one survived. I have since moved it to a perminate spot in my landscape where it is starting to thrive 10 months after having brought it home. And is putting off new sprouts around the base. No blooms yet, but hoping for some soon.
On Apr 29, 2006, ceejaytown from The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
My crinum is several years old, and is planted near the house, on the west side. It blooms off and on, spring to fall. Freezing temperatures will damage the exposed leaves, which will need to be cut off when danger of frost is past. As large as this plant is, it is hardly noticed. Makes a great architectural plant.
On Apr 23, 2006, RonniePitman from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant can be striking, but if it doesn't receive proper care, it can also look miserable. Other than temperature, the main consideration is that it must be protected from wind. Too much wind can break off all the leaves, giving an awful-looking stub of a plant while it grows new ones. A lesser wind can "bend" a leaf downward towards its tip, without actually severing it; still, the leaf may eventually have to be cut off at the bend.
Leaves emerge reddish-purple and turn green as they age.
I've uploaded a photo of this plant, set out in the open while having its picture taken, but afterward returned to its place against the house.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mission Viejo, California Santa Barbara, California Apopka, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Bokeelia, Florida Bradenton, Florida Campbell, Florida Fairview Shores, Florida Indian Harbour Beach, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Lake Belvedere Estates, Florida Lake Wales, Florida Orlando, Florida Pompano Beach, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida Royal Palm Beach, Florida Sebastian, Florida Siesta Key, Florida St Petersburg, Florida (2 reports) Tallahassee, Florida Titusville, Florida Coushatta, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana (2 reports) Old Jefferson, Louisiana Opelousas, Louisiana Trout, Louisiana Cayce, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Austin, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Galveston, Texas Houston, Texas Lowry Crossing, Texas Richmond, Texas San Antonio, Texas San Leanna, Texas Spring, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Willis, Texas