Wiki Pages, Crinum, and Crinum Hybrids

J.E. Shields
Thu, 27 Jul 2006 07:28:27 PDT
Jim Waddick got me started playing with hardy crinums here in Indiana.  Now 
I am planting more seedlings out in the open.  Certainly not all Crinum are 
hardy here, and C. x-powellii is probably the least attractive crinum that 
does survive here.  C. bulbispermum seems to do just as well as x-powellii 
but looks nicer, in my opinion.

I have a bunch of different crinums in a very protected spot, but I have 
grown a few others out in the open field.  The most unknown and under-rated 
Crinum is C. variabile.  It seems perfectly hardy here, and it is a real 
jewel.  I have pictures 
at:  at the bottom of 
that page.  Contrary to what I wrote there, it probably does not need 
mulching after its first winter in the ground.

It flowers extremely reliably, large bulbs producing three scapes in 
succession, year after year.  Mine are on their third scapes of the season 
right now.  Height is generally under 24 inches, spread may be to 30 
inches.  Highly recommended!

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 09:18 AM 7/27/2006 -0400, you wrote:
>Last night, I ran across another reference to Crinum culture along the
>Hudson River: Neltje Blanchan, in her The American Flower Garden, published
>in 1909, stated that Crinum x powellii is "Hardy at New York if well
>covered in winter". .......
>Jim McKenney

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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