The Main Plant entry for Crinums (Crinum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: All parts are poisonous if ingested
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Other info: first flowering when grown from seed usually occurs in 3-8 years
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Other: some old and established bulbs can be huge, weighing up to 40 lbs; crinums do not like transplanting

Common names
  • Crinum

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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 22, 2012 5:55 AM concerning plant:
    Crinums are herbaceous plants with large bulbs that produce a neck or a pseudostem made up of the sheathing bases of the old leaves. The leaves are linear to sword-shaped, sheathing at the base, primarily arranged in a rosette and often dying back in winter. Usually, the previous season's leaves grow out again in spring with a few new leaves in the middle.

    The blooms arise laterally on a long, solid main peduncle, the main inflorescense stalk, with flower stalks radiating from one central point and having one to many flowers. The flowers have short or long stalks that are spreading or held together in a trumpet shape. The stamens are either curved, ascending or angled downwards. The ovary appears as a swelling between the flower stalk and the tube. (PlantZAfrica)

  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 10:14 PM concerning plant:
    "Crinum is a genus of about 180 species of perennial plants that have large showy flowers on leafless stems, and develop from bulbs. They are found along the sides of streams and lakes in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide, including South Africa.

    Crinum leaves are basal, typically long and strap-shaped, with colors ranging from light green to green.

    Several species are used in aquariums.

    Cytological studies have shown some 27 species of Crinum to be diploid with a normal chromosome count of 2n = 22. Abilio Fernandes found that the Orange River Crinum bulbispermum had a count of 2n = 66, and some desert Crinum macowanii 2n = 44. These polyploid species produce seeds that are often parthenogenetic triploid or diploids, lack vigour and seldom grow to mature plants."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

Plant Events from our members
Seedfork On June 28, 2015 Bloomed
Bloomed a little early this year, and the blooms are beautiful.
Seedfork On March 16, 2015 Plant emerged
Plants in the front and back beds are starting to show new growth could have been showing for a week or so.
dragonfetti On April 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Planted in the middle of the daylily bed.
dragonfetti On January 22, 2015 Obtained plant
From WM; white with red stripes.
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