Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Crinum lilies for mid atlantic

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 3, 2016 3:07 PM CST
Heya,
Visited Charleston South Carolina and saw crinum lilies in their preferred habitat, edge of water in ponds or ditches. HUGE!!!
I have two that were given to me as baby bulbs and have survived just fine over the last two winters in my warmest bed, so may be more like z8 than something7.
I would be happy to give them to someone. I won't have room for them to be happy here. Anyone think they might want them?
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Oct 5, 2016 4:44 AM CST

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Sounds really cool, Sally! If I had a pond, I'd take them!

Did you get any photos?
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Oct 5, 2016 5:28 AM CST
I didn't get any decent pictures.
Swamp Lily (Crinum americanum)
Now I wish I had. These are what I think I saw, but they don't show the huge leaves.
My plant looks like rhis

Now that I see this, I might have one of the pink ones. I just don't remember who sent it. I might be able to dig up the emails from when we exchanged addresses and ask....
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Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Oct 5, 2016 8:08 AM CST
Sally, I'd like your Crinum. Have a perfect spot beside the pond. Thanks.
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Oct 5, 2016 10:10 AM CST
Er, our pond has a plastic liner, so not a natural pond habitat. Crinum will still look nice there.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 5, 2016 5:28 PM CST
Lisa, I'll pass one to you and maybe put one in a big pot next summer and try to water it super well and hope for pink bloom. I found the email from 2014 and tx flower child said "I have some that are the Ellen B. and some that are pink and white. Attaching a file of one that is in a large pot sitting on top of another large pot. Please save me from myself."

So they are either Ellen Bousanquet (sp?) pink, or a pink and white
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Oct 13, 2016 1:11 PM CST
Just as an FYI mine is not planted near any body of water - and we know I'm lacking in the remember to water department. Since my DOG TX buddy sent to me though it is in one of the microclimate spots. I moved it the beginning of the summer and sadly she sulked and didn't bloom for me this year. Crossing Fingers! for next year. The fragrance is wonderful and the blooms last for a bit!
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Oct 14, 2016 8:43 PM CST
I just had to look. I dug them. They are the size of the biggest hugest Amaryllis you've ever seen, and one had two babies small-daffodil size. Now have to check how to store them.
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