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. The leaves are long and strap-like, and the short flower stem bears a terminal cluster of flowers. 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.

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