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Crinum

This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Crinums are great summer-flowering bulbs that have graced Southern landscapes for years. They lend a bit of nostalgia and add a delightful tropical touch to gardens. Their foliage is lustrous and statuesque, providing a pleasing contrast to finer-textured ornamentals.

This member of the amaryllis family is one of the more cold-hardy bulbs (injured below 25 degrees F / 2 degrees C), and it can be safely planted in the eastern regions of our mountains. Those living in the far western regions of North Carolina can grow crinums in containers that can be brought inside for the winter. Plant crinums in April and continuing through late October. They thrive in sunny locations, provided the soil is moist, or in filtered shade. When looking for plants that grow well in woodland shade gardens, consider C. moorei.

Newly planted crinums need to settle in for a season or two before they begin blooming freely. They do not like to be disturbed. After the first flowering season, apply a high-phosphorus fertilizer in mid-May each year. Provide plenty of water during the bloom period if there is a drought. After 4 to 5 years, remove the offsets and replant to enlarge your collection or to share with a gardening friend.

CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Album'
    white flowers
  • 'Bradley'
  • 'Creole'
  • 'Elizabeth Traub'
  • 'Ellen Bosanquet'
  • 'Rubra'
    wine-red flowers
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#bulbs#woodland
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Album'
    white flowers
  • 'Bradley'
  • 'Creole'
  • 'Elizabeth Traub'
  • 'Ellen Bosanquet'
  • 'Rubra'
    wine-red flowers
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#bulbs#woodland
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crinum
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropics & Subtropics
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is moderately salt tolerant, and is seldom damaged by deer.
    Bulb Storage:
    Store bulbs in slightly moist sand at 35-45 degrees F (2-7 degrees C); if grown indoors in a container, place in a bright, cool [55 degrees F, 13 degrees C) night temperature room
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Poisonous
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Lily-like flowers (to 4” wide and long), ranging in shape from bell-shaped to spider-like, bloom in clusters in summer atop leafless stalks.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Coarse, sword-like green leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Houseplants
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Stems