Crinum Species, Asian 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)
Synonym:Bulbine asiatica





Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:




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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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 Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Daphne, Alabama

Benton, Arkansas

Carlsbad, California

Fullerton, California

Pacoima, California

Santa Barbara, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Brooksville, Florida(3 reports)

Cape Coral, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Crestview, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Fort White, Florida(2 reports)

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(3 reports)

Tampa, Florida(2 reports)

Umatilla, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Zephyrhills, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2020, pbarker214 from Bradenton, FL wrote:

I need some advice. I have a Crinum Asiaticum or Grand Crinum Lily planted in the ground for about 6-7yrs in Bradenton, FL zone 9b. It has become very large and I would like to move it about 3 feet over to the middle of the bed it's currently in. I can't find any information about moving one that large. Anyone have any knowledge as to how to move it or if it can be moved?


On Dec 29, 2017, BJames1 from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Small seedlings are not hardy in zone 8a.


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.


On Oct 20, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

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


On Oct 20, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

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


On Oct 20, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

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


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


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... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.