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Plants of the UNF Campus

Crinum asiaticum - Giant crinum
Family Amaryllidaceae


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.

Care Instructions:

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. 

Crinum asiaticum