I planted several crinum this year with surprisingly mixed results. After reading numerous places that "you can't kill a crinum," I killed at least 3-4, lol!
I first ordered crinum bulbs from Ebay. I won an auction for 20 or so "red crinum," which I figured must be Ellen Bosanquet. They were a mix of large and small bulbs someone had dug that had obviously had enough of a large clump of crinum. So far, they have all grown well but no blooms.
I then specifically bought a stars and stripes and Ellen B from a couple different ebay sellers. The nursery in Florida where I bought the Ellen B threw in a Rose Parade as a bonus. It rotted over winter.
Then I ordered a "Lolita" from Jenks Farmer. It has grown quite tall, about 3 feet, and produced an offset, but no flower yet. I have to say, Jenks has shipped me the healthiest looking bulbs. I later purchased a Cecil Houdyshel variety, which arrived with two offsets! No flower yet, though.
Next, I ordered 10 Ellen Bs from Brent and Becky's bulbs. When they arrived in April, 2 were rotted. I called and requested 2 replacements. They were out so they asked if I would take crinum Powellii Alba. I said sure. I planted them in a separate bed bc I wanted a solid row of Ellen Bosanquets. They have slowly leafed out but seem healthy. But to my surprise and dismay, the only bulb from that order to flower has turned out to be something other than Ellen Bonsanquet. It's produced a very floriferous (at least 10 flowers, maybe more) stalk of pinkish white flowers.
In March, I think, I also purchased a bulb of the variety Mrs James Hendry from Southern Bulb Co. It's a variety Chris Wiesinger, company owner of "Bulb Hunter" fame, really talks up. Well, it did produce a beautiful stalk of flowers, which I'll attach. I can only hope for more.
I'm really enjoying these bulbs. I may have to move some around overwinter, now that I see their growth habit in my soil. I think I'll have plenty before too long.