South American Swamp Crinum Lily
Item #: 3582
Zones: 7a to 10b, at least
Height: 30" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Origin: South America
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
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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 substantial clump that spreads by means of a large, underground rhizome. In moist soil, Crinum erubescens will make a sizable colony, while it is more restrained in normal garden soil. Each division is graced with 3' tall red stalks of sweet-scented, spidery, white flowers that continue from July to frost. Crinum erubescens also has a long medicinal history, having been used to treat for asthma, bronchitis, and malaria.