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Crinum asiaticum - Giant Crinum
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: Asia, South (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Crinum asiaticum (Giant Crinum) - A large evergreen bulb that can grow to be a 5 foot tall by 6 foot wide specimen with 4 inch wide by 4 foot long semi-succulent light green strap-shaped leaves that are held semi-erect in a spiraled rosette at the top of the collar of the 6 inch wide bulbous base. In warmer climates this plant can send up on 2 foot sturdy stalks its fragrant clusters of 20 to 50 white flowers, with long tubular bases and narrow petals year round, but in Southern California flowering is primarily late spring through summer. Plant in moderately well-drained soil in full to part day sun or light shade. Tolerates only occasional to infrequent irrigation but grows faster with a regular watering. - foliage can be damaged by temperatures around 25F but the bulb, even exposed, seems hardy to 20F or a little less and quickly rebounds in warmer months - our oldest garden plant survived the 18F experienced during the Christmas 1990 frosts. Great for adding a tropical look without requiring much moisture or as an interesting specimen in the ground or in a large container. Seed self set and are easy to grow but plants require years to become large and flower. All parts of this plant are considered poisonous to ingest and some claim the sap can cause dermatitis. This plant is native to tropical southeastern Asia but has long been planted in Southeastern States and California. Our plants from seed off a plant that was found growing in 1983 at the historical Sexton Nursery property in Goleta, CA.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Crinum asiaticum.