Sometimes botanists come up with short "official" words to use in place of longer words. In the case of Amaryllis relatives in the family Amaryllidaceae, botanists use the shortened term amaryllids. Other examples of this phenomenon are aroids (family araceae) and irids (family iridaceae). Like all plant groups, there are gardeners who collect amaryllids and are always looking for the next rare or unusual amaryllis relative. Here at Plant Delights Nursery, we have an enormous on-line plant catalog and have searched through it to create this mini-catalog of amaryllids that look great in the perennial garden.
Instead of selling dormant mail order bulbs, we grow our amaryllids in containers and unless you are in a country that requires us to bareroot your plants, our mail order bulbs are shipped growing in containers, which in many cases makes them easier to re-establish in the garden. We offer a huge selection of hardy amaryllid bulbs for sale including many new and unique plants that have never been offered before. When you are ready to buy amaryllids for your garden including rain lilies, crinum, surprise lilies, and many more, check out our online list of amaryllids for sale below.
Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. We are pleased to have received the Perennial Plant Association Retail Award in 2011, the American Horticulture Society Commercial Award in 2002, and to have been selected as one of the Best Mail Order Plant Nurseries - Garden Design Magazine 2010. Welcome to our family of plant lovers!
This stunning Allium nutans hybrid comes from the Onion Man, Mark McDonough. Allium 'Millennium' represents several generations of breeding (onions) and is head and shoulders above any other alliums we grow. The compact 1' tall x 1' wide clump of narrow, glossy green, deer-resistant leaves is topped for over a month in late summer with 2" rosy-purple flower heads. We grow Allium 'Millennium' in several locations and have never seen any sign of a stray seedling...garliccimo! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Allium luteum) This fantastic selection of the southern European golden garlic was made by Antoine and Michael Hoog in 1978 while trekking in the Spanish Pyrenees. Allium 'Jeannine' is greatly improved over the typical species by having golden flowers instead of the typical greenish yellow, and by producing two flower spikes per bulb instead of the typical one. Allium moly 'Jeannine' also comes into flower a few weeks earlier than the normal species, which means late May/early June in NC. The small clumps are topped with 2" umbels of bright yellow flowers atop 10" stalks...very cute! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This delightful form of the Siberian Allium nutans was shared with us by our friend and garden writer, Pam Harper. Allium nutans 'Pam Harper' is composed of 8" long x 0.5" wide, slightly twisted, glaucous, deer-resistant leaves topped with 15" tall spikes that end with 2" floral balls. The clump begins flowering in early June and reflowers through the end of September. The flowers are pure white except where the nights are cool, when they may take on a light pink cast. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We had almost given up on alliums after growing far too many weedy species but have been delighted to find great non-weedy hybrids like Allium 'Sugar Melt', thanks to Allium guru, Mark McDonough. This hybrid of Mark's combines the best traits of both Allium nutans with the popular Allium senescens. Allium 'Sugar Melt' has been a standout in our rock garden, making a 6" tall x 8" wide circular clump of narrow, green, deer-resistant leaves, topped in early July (later in colder climates) with 16" stems of light pink flower balls...a perfect rock garden plant. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This amazing crinum lily has graced old southern gardens for decades, but was popularized by the late Dr. Thad Howard of Texas, who discovered the plant in the 1960s in Alamo Village, Texas. The fast-growing clumps of glossy, light green foliage are topped continuously throughout the summer with 20" tall stalks of large, spidery, pale pink, fragrant flowers. Although no one is sure of its origin, Dr. Howard suggested that Crinum americanum is one of the parents. Whatever combined to make this hybrid, it's a real winner. Just remember that to raise a garden, it takes an Alamo Village. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This collection of the native bog plant Crinum americanum hails from just south of Tallahassee, Florida, and has thrived in our garden for many years. The glossy, dark green, hippeastrum-like foliage forms 2' wide clumps that multiply from short underground runners. In late summer, the clumps are topped with 2' tall spikes, ending in clusters of large, fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers. We have found Crinum americanum very easy to grow in our moist bog and not difficult to flower as some have written. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Crinum 'Bambino' is a rarely offered hybrid of Crinum bulbispermum x Crinum 'Pink Perfume' from crinum guru, Dr. Dave Lehmiller of Texas. Crinum 'Bambino' produces 3' tall, sturdy stalks of lightly fragrant, large white flowers with each petal highlighted by a central reddish stripe. For us in NC, Crinum 'Bambino' starts flowering in mid-May and continues all summer. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Crinum 'Birthday Party' hails from the breeding program of crinum guru, the late Luther Bundrant, reportedly a cross of Crinum 'Bradley Giant' x Crinum scabrum. For us, Crinum 'Birthday Party' begins flowering in early- to mid-June and continues until August with sturdy 3' tall spikes topped with dark wine-colored buds, opening into large, fragrant outfacing flowers of rich pink with a wide darker stripe down the middle of each petal...outstanding against the 40" long, glossy green foliage! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
From the late H.B. Bradley of Australia comes this deep wine-flowered crinum with large open-faced flowers. Crinum 'Bradley' (probably Crinum scabrum x flaccidum) boasts much narrower, glossy green foliage than the powellii hybrids, eventually making a 2' tall x 3' wide clump. Each 2' tall scape is topped in summer with a dozen wine-colored, very fragrant flowers...superb! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Crinum 'Claude Davis' is a selection from Louisiana nurseryman, Claude Davis, and was reportedly a seedling of Crinum 'Cape Dawn'...we concur. The glossy green foliage forms a nicely offsetting clump topped, starting in mid-May, with 4' tall spikes of horizontal-facing, insanely fragrant, maroon-pink flowers...a most unusual shade of pink. Our clump has produced more than 15 flower spikes at once...a true showstopper! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
(aka: Crinum 'Ruth Dubuisson Clone') Crinum 'Dragon Lady' is an introduction from Texas crinum breeder, Marcelle Sheppard, that has been a personal favorite since we first saw it in her garden in the early 2000s. Marcelle assumes this to be a cross of Crinum americanum x Crinum scabrum. Crinum 'Dragon Lady' has proven to be a very good grower and fast multiplier in our trials. For us, the lightly fragrant Crinum 'Dragon Lady' flowers on 3' tall stalks from mid-July through August. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' is still considered one of the finest crinum lilies for the home garden. This vigorously multiplying hybrid (possibly Crinum 'JC Harvey' x Crinum scabrum) was hybridized in Florida during the 1920s by Louis Bosanquet and named after his wife. Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' begins flowering in mid-June and continues through most of the summer. The large, reddish-purple flowers on 2' stalks, emit a delightful spicy fragrance. The rosette of wavy, glossy, tropical-looking foliage is a great addition to the garden, even without the flowers. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
One of the classic pass-along plants of the deep South is Crinum erubescens...the South American equivalent of our native Crinum americanum. The wide, 30" long, glossy-green leaves form a large clump that spreads by means of a large, underground rhizome. In moist soil, Crinum erubescens will make a large colony, while it is more restrained in normal garden soil. The clumps are topped with 3' tall red stalks of sweet-scented, spidery white flowers that continue from July to frost. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This dwarf Les Hannibal cross of Crinum moorei x Crinum americanum is the fastest-multiplying crinum that we have ever seen. The glossy green, strap-like leaves of Crinum 'Hannibal's Dwarf' remain attractive all season, unlike those of other hybrids. In our area, expect a heavy flowering show of large, deep pink flowers, held 1' above the foliage in midsummer, followed by a rebloom in early fall...a great plant for smaller gardens! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Crinum hildebrandtii hails from the Comoros Islands, northwest of Madagascar, where it grows as an aquatic plant. In our trials, Crinum hildebrandtii resembles a clump forming Crinum erubescens, and has been quite happy in typical well-ammended, slightly moist garden soils. In summer, the offsetting clumps of 3' long dark green leaves are topped with umbels of fragrant white flowers that also resemble Crinum erubescens. We only have a limited quantity of Crinum hildebrandtii available. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This superb new hybrid crinum is a cross of Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' x Crinum 'J.C. Harvey' from Florida crinum breeder, Alani Davis. Crinum 'Infusion' is a vigorous grower, topped, starting in early summer, with 3'+ tall sturdy spikes with up to a dozen well-formed, outfacing, bright cherry-red flowers. Crinum 'Infusion' is certainly one of the best new crinum hybrids we have grown in years. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Crinum 'Jubilee' is a wonderful but little-known hybrid (Crinum 'Sundance' x Crinum scabrum) from the late Luther Bundrant. The vigorous clump of medium green foliage is topped in summer with large, blush-pink, fragrant flowers atop 3' tall stalks...a very unique crinum. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We have really enjoyed the Madagascar native Crinum ligulatum, which has performed exceptionally well in our trials since 2008. The clumps are topped primarily in July and August (NC) with 2' tall flowering stalks, terminating in a cluster of narrow-petaled flowers...pink buds opening white, with contrasting purple anthers. This is a very limited one-time offering. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We are very pleased to offer this fast-offsetting crinum hybrid that was discovered by the late plant explorer, Thad Howard in Veracruz, Mexico. Thad found this plant growing in a naturalized population of the East African Crinum zeylanicum adjacent to a population of the native swamp-growing, Crinum loddigesianum (similar to Crinum americanum). Thad named it 'Marisco' (which means "seafood") to commemorate the region's seafood industry. Crinum 'Marisco' makes a relatively small (by crinum standards) 3' wide clump of 30" long strap-like green leaves. The clump is adorned sporadically through the summer with 2' tall stalks of large fragrant white flowers with each petal highlighted by a central burgundy stripe. Moist soils will produce the best flowering. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This crinum is native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and makes a large clump of wide, glossy green foliage. Starting in early July (NC), the clumps are topped with 2' tall spikes of soft pink, fragrant, goblet-shaped flowers. Crinum moorei is atypical in that it prefers to grow in light shade. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)