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CRINUM 'Ellen Bosanquet'

Image of Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet'

Grandiflora

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CRINUM 'Ellen Bosanquet'

Plant Common Name

Cape Lily, Ellen Bosanquet Cape Lily

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm

  • Width

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Rose, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No