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Crinum

Crinum lilies are bulbous perennials, sometimes evergreen, boasting umbels of showy, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers in summer atop leafless scapes well above the strap-shaped leaves. Tender perennials, these spectacular lilies are old favorites in Southern gardens and great additions to garden borders, foundation plantings or planters. The blossoms are like those of amaryllis and make great cut flowers. Easy to grow and virtually pest free, Crinum Lilies are resistant to drought, although some also do not mind having their feet wet. There are some 130 species in the genus Crinum, which one will be yours?

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Crinum 'Cintho Alfa'

Particularly fascinating, Crinum 'Cintho Alfa' is an elegant bulbous perennial with umbels of fragrant, large, trumpet-shaped, white flowers, 4 in. long (10 cm), adorned with crimson stripes down each petal. Blooming in succession from mid to late summer, the eye-catching blossoms rise well above the foliage clump of strap-shaped, bright green leaves.

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Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet'

Noted for its spicy fragrance, Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' is a bulbous perennial with umbels of large, trumpet-shaped, deep rose to wine-red flowers, 4 in. long (10 cm). Blooming in succession from mid to late summer, the eye-catching blossoms rise well above the foliage clump of strap-shaped, semi-erect, bright green leaves.

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Crinum 'Stars and Stripes'

Particularly fascinating and reliable, Crinum 'Stars and Stripes' is an elegant bulbous perennial boasting up to 10 large, delightfully fragrant, trumpet-shaped, white flowers, 5-6 in. long (12-15 cm), adorned with fiery red stripes down each petal. Blooming in succession from mid to late summer, the eye-catching blossoms rise well above the foliage clump of narrow pleated, glossy green leaves.

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Crinum × powellii (Swamp Lily)

Wonderfully fragrant, Crinum x powellii (Swamp Lily) is a bulbous perennial with umbels of 8-10, large, trumpet-shaped, light pink flowers, 5 in. wide (12 cm). Blooming in succession from late summer to fall, the eye-catching blossoms rise well above the foliage clump of strap-shaped, bright green leaves.

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Crinum americanum (Swamp Lily)

Crinum americanum (Swamp Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting sweetly fragrant umbels of 2-6 starbusts of white petals, although they may take on a pink blush, 4 in. long (10 cm), adorned with remarkably long purple stamens. Blooming in succession from early summer to early fall, the blossoms rise atop leafless scapes, well above the foliage clump of narrow, evergreen, strap-shaped leaves.

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Crinum asiaticum (Giant Lily)

Crinum asiaticum (Giant Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting umbels of 20-30 deliciously scented, spidery-looking, pristine white flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with slender petals and remarkably long protruding stamens with red filaments.

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Crinum moorei (Natal Lily)

Crinum moorei (Natal Lily) is an elegant bulbous perennial boasting nodding clusters of large, fragrant, bell-shaped, white flowers, sometimes tinged light pink. Blooming in succession from late summer to fall, the eye-catching blossoms rise well above a rosette of long, wavy-edged, bright green leaves, up to 3 ft. long (90 cm).

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Crinum procerum var. splendens (Queen Emma Lily)

Crinum procerum var. splendens (Queen Emma Lily) is a bulbous perennial boasting huge clusters of deliciously scented, lily-looking, pink and white striped flowers adorned with remarkably long protruding stamens.

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Crinum x powellii 'Album' (Swamp Lily)

Wonderfully fragrant, Crinum x powellii 'Album' (Swamp Lily) is a robust bulbous perennial with umbels of large, trumpet-shaped, pure white flowers, 4 in. long (10 cm). Blooming in succession from late summer to fall, the eye-catching blossoms rise well above the foliage clump of strap-shaped, arching leaves. One mature plant can send up as many as 12 scapes a season.

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