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CRINUM moorei

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James Burghardt



Botanical Name

CRINUM moorei

Plant Common Name

Moore's Crinum, Natal Lily

Special Notice

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General Description

Large lily flowers of white to pink dazzle the eye in spring and summer over the dark green, strappy foliage of the Natal lily. Native to the moist soils of eastern South Africa, it is an evergreen perennial that grows from large bulbs that have an elongated neck.

The fleshy, think and long, dark green leaves are upright from the bulb and flop over with their length. Sometimes the edges are attractively wavy. In late spring to early summer, leafless stalks rise and bear five to ten plump flower buds that open to broad, six-petaled blossoms. Usually white in color, there is variation in that some are blushed with pink or more saturated with red-pink tones. They are fragrant and pollinated by moths in the evening. In areas where winters are mild but frosty, the flowering is delayed until summertime.

Grow Natal lily in partial sun to nearly full shade in a fertile, organic-rich soil that is moist to wet in spring and summer, a bit drier in winter. Too much direct sun will scald leaves and cause flowers to brown. In frost free areas the bulbs can create impressive plant clumps with impressive floral displays under trees, along ponds or in the mixed shade border. It will die back to the bulb after frosts and in zone 9 should be protected with a thick loose mulching over winter to prevent the long bulb neck from being harmed.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • 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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m (3)

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing