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Scabrous Crinum Lily
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A bulbous perennial, the milk-and-wine lily has obscure origins. Many feel the plant is native to Africa, but it has yet to be found in a natural habitat anywhere on the continent. Initial botanical description of the species occurred from a garden specimen in Brazil. This crinum lily is notable for its large, six-petaled white flowers that have magenta-red stripes. Blooming happens through the warm months. The leaves are strap-shaped, wavy-edged 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.
Milk-and-wine lily grows and flowers best in sun to partial shade in fertile 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 crinum 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 - 7
7 - 11
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, Partial Shade
28"-40" / 71.1cm - 101.6cm
30"-44" / 76.2cm - 111.8cm
Early Summer, Early Fall
Hybrid Origin, Africa
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Magenta, Dark Red
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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