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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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

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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


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

Carrollton, 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 (2 reports)

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Colmesneil, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Dickinson, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Gladewater, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Irving, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Whitehouse, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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


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
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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 w... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.