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CRINUM 'Ellen Bosanquet'
Cape Lily, Ellen Bosanquet Cape Lily
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A vigorously multiplying bulbous perennial, 'Ellen Bosanquet' is a hybrid crinum loved by gardeners since its introduction in the 1920s. It is notable for its large, spicy-scented, trumpet-shaped, reddish-violet flowers that bloom through summer and for its vigorous bulb growth. The leaves are strap-shaped, wavy, and glossy. They emerge from the bulb in a tight bundle and form an arching fountain as they extend. The leafless flower stems are topped by a cluster of outward-facing flowers.
The Ellen Bosanquet cape lily grows and flowers best in sun to part shade on well-drained soil. Amend both sandy and clay soils with organic matter prior to planting. It needs constant moisture during growth but when it is dormant over the winter it endures best and is hardier if the soil is dry. In colder winter areas, layer mulch over the bulb for added protection to improve survival over winter. Use any cape lily as a specimen or a summer accent in mixed beds and borders. Cut off the old flower stalks to improve the look of the plant and to coax repeat flowering later.
12 - 8
6 - 10
H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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