Variegated Crinum Lily



Botanical Name:  Crinum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’

Common Name:  Variegated Crinum Lily

Description:  I simply adore Crinum Lilies, but I think this variegated one has stolen my heart. Look how beautiful those green leaves are with their white stripes and edges! I think they’re stunning even if they didn’t bloom, which they do. Very fragrant white flowers bloom at the base of this crinum during the summer months. As with most crinums, plant this one in a part sun/part shade area with protection from the hot afternoon summer sun. Give it room to grow as it’ll quickly grow to 3-4′ tall and wide. This perennial bulb will die back to the ground in our area. Be sure to mulch the root area well to ensure it comes back each spring. It can be grown close to pond areas but not submerged, it has to have good draining soil to keep the bulb from rotting. This would be beautiful in your rain garden. I wouldn’t call it a drought tolerant plant because the leaf tips will brown if it doesn’t get enough water, but, again, don’t overwater it. Variegated Crinum Lily is also good for your pollinator garden because it attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Does great either in large containers or in the ground.

Fun Fact:  Crinum lily contains a variety of alkaloids which the human body cannot tolerate. Thankfully, most of the toxicity is caused by eating the plant. Wear gloves to avoid getting plant juices on your skin, as you may experience swelling or other problems. Add this one to your Poison Garden!

This plant in 1-gallon containers is 2-3′ tall x 1-2′ wide.

Hardiness Zone 8 – 10


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