It is a pity that Crinum does not have a hardier constitution, as it is undoubtedly one of the finest of all late summer bulbs. These bulbs are expensive and you will be wasting your money unless you can provide a warm and sheltered site close to a south-facing wall.
VARIETIES: The most reliable outdoor species is C. powellii. Theare long and strap-like, and the short flower bears a terminal cluster of . These blooms open in succession, each bud producing a Lily-like trumpet about 4 in. long. White and pink varieties are available, and each plant is a showpiece. Give it plenty of room, water freely in dry weather and cover the crowns with peat or bracken in winter.
SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, moisture-retentive soil in a sheltered sunny spot is essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time April-May. Planting depth 10 in.
Spacing: 1/2 ft. Height 2-3 ft.
Flowering period: August-’ September.
PROPAGATION: Buy new bulbs – Crinum hates disturbance.