What's blooming this week - 7/27/2011

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:03:54 PDT
Crinum variabile started blooming sometime in the past week.  This is a bit 
early, and the heat has kept the flowers looking pretty ratty.  I just now 
posted a picture of it from last year in the SRGC forum at:


Just scroll down to post #11.   I also have it (probably the same picture) 
in my blog at:


The flowers open white and then develop a pink blush as they age.

This species is native to the winter-rainfall area of the Western Capes in 
South Africa.  It also grows just as happily in the summer here in central 
Indiana.  The mature bulbs are hardy outdoors in the ground all year 
around, surviving the hard freezes of winter in Indiana under a mulch.  In 
fact, they do not bloom well in containers but they do in the ground; so 
they probably need a long, deep root run to flourish.

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA

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