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Crinum americanum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Southern swamp lily
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Water Garden
Comment:

Crinum americanum, commonly called Florida crinum lily, southern swamp lily or spider lily, is a tender perennial bulb in the Amaryllis family.  It is native to wetlands, swamps, marshes, wet hammocks, and stream banks from South Carolina to Florida and along the Gulf coast to Texas.  The species grows in small groups in still water habitats, prefers a water depth of 1-6 in., but will grow up to a 12 in. depth.  Plant ina  5 gallon pot; sun to partial shade.

Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.

Description:
Bulbous perennial with long, strap-like leaves: flowers variously clustered on a long, naked stem, white or variously colored, 6-parted, tubular
Height:
18-24 in.
Foliage:
Narrow, evergreen, strap-like leaves up to 2 in. wide
Flower:
Long-petaled white flowers; very fragrant
Poison Part:
Bulbs, all parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea
Toxic Principle:
Alkaloids
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower garden, lawn as cultivated herbaceous perennial

NCCES plant id: 2332

Crinum americanum Flowers
Bob Peterson, CC BY - 2.0
Crinum americanum Flowers
Christian Barrette, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Crinum americanum Crinum americanum
Alex Popovkin, CC BY - 2.0