Red Crinum Lily
Asia & Africa
The Crinum Lily is a spectacularly huge lily. It grows rapidly to over 5' high with 5' long sword to strap shaped leaves. They are exotic, fragrant, and exciting bell shape flowers, that come with a lovely scent and are related to the Amaryllis plant.
Crinum bulbs are much larger than bulbs of its relative the Amaryllis (amaryllidaceae). Roundish, with a long tapering necks, bulbs of a crinum can be 12-16 inches in length.
Generally, the leaves are thin and long with silky feel to them and some varieties having edges which are wavy.
The flowers are unique and beautiful, but even with the flowers the crinum is a handsome decorative plant which can get very large.
They perform best in full sun (but not burning sun, partial shade from the extreme heat of the sun) so give them all they can get, and a well-draining soil.
They make wonderful specimens and very attractive pool plants for landscaping by a pool.
The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is to plant two to three times as deep as the bulbs is tall. This means most large bulbs like tulips or daffodils will be planted about 8 inches deep while smaller bulbs will be planted 3-4 inches deep. Planting depth is measured from the bottom of the bulb.