Approximately sixty to one hundred Crinum species are found throughout the tropics, mostly in the
southern hemisphere. This species is one of the largest and is native to
tropical Asia. The evergreen leaves may grow
to three feet long from a large bulb. In summer, tall stalks with white flowers
stand above the foliage. A full grown plant makes a striking specimen in the
landscape. The flowers are butterfly pollinated. A smaller species, Crinum americanum, is native to Florida wetlands.
See plants in front of the library and in the courtyard of building 50.
Herbaceous plant with leaves about three feet high.
Light: full sun
Water: drought tolerant when established, benefits from irrigation during droughts
Soil: widely adaptable to soils, no special requirements
Giant crinum is an easy plant to grow in northeast Florida. Where they are present,
lubber grasshoppers are a destructive pest of crinums.
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