Crinum Lily, Spider Lilly (White) - Plant
Description for Crinum Lily, Spider Lilly
Bulbs are easily grown in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. North of Zone 8, plants are usually grown in large containers and brought inside in winter. Plant bulbs in a pots/containers that are at least two inches larger in diameter than the bulbs. Dark green strap-like leaves may be more than 3 feet long by 4 inches wide.
Flowers are shaped like tubes that flare open into a crown of narrow petals. The flowers are white and are arranged in clusters atop thick, succulent stems. Stamens are purple in color.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Grand crinum lily, Poison Bulb, Giant Crinum Lily, Spider Lily, Nagadamani||White||July to August||2 to 4 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Bulbs are easily grown in consistently moist, organically rich, fertile soils in full sun to light shade. This plant is fairly tolerant of brief periods of drought. Bring containers inside in fall before first frost for overwintering in a frost-free location.
|Full sun to part shade||Moist, organically rich, fertile soil||Medium||60 to 70 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Crinum Lily
- Members of the Crinum family are not the easiest to look after, they should be fertilized about three times a year.
- The leaves and flowers should be cut off once they have died.
- If you live in a very cold area then the bulbs should be removed from the garden in the autumn, and stored indoors in a cool place.
- It may take as long as five years before you see flowers from your Crinum lilies
Typical uses of Crinum Lily
Special features: Borders, containers, houseplants, pond or water garden peripheries. Good accent. Good cut flower.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Bulbs are extremely acrid. When roasted, they are used as a rubefacient in rheumatism. Crushed and toasted bulb is applied to piles and abscesses to cause suppuration. The juice of the leaf is used in earache.
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