Crinum lilies (often misspelled "crinium") are truly classic southern pass-along, summer-flowering sun-loving perennial bulbs. Crinum lily cultivars have thrived for hundreds of years at abandoned home sites where other bulbs like daffodils have long ago turned up their toes. Crinums are extremely adaptable amaryllids...either in dry or in boggy soils. Crinums are tough, low maintenance bulbs which make them perfect for rain gardens, and although drought-tolerant, crinums bloom more if well-watered. Think of crinum bulbs as a horticultural IRA for your grandkids to remember you by. If you buy a crinum lily today, it should outlast you.
Unfortunately, you don't often see a wide variety of crinum lilies for sale. We currently grow over 200 different crinum selections and evaluate them to decide which to offer. The giant clumps of bold, crinum lily foliage make an imposing architectural statement in the garden. In late spring and summer, crinum lily clumps are topped with an array of very large red-to-pink-to-white flowers...often fragrant. We like to grow crinum alongside agave, dahlia, malvaviscus, and a variety of ornamental grasses. Most crinums are very tolerant of rich, moist soils, and reach flowering size very quickly when given those garden conditions in full sun.
When you are ready to buy crinum lilies (even if you mistakenly call them crinium) for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our extensive online list of crinum for sale below.
A few people call crinum the spider lily. Note that there is more than one plant that goes by the name spider lily. In addition to Crinum, Hymenocallis is also called white spider lily, as is the red flowering genus lycoris.