Added photos to Crinum and Zephyranthes pages

Jim McKenney
Tue, 15 Jun 2004 09:55:49 PDT
I've had Crinum outside for decades here in Maryland. The names: kirkii,
herbertii, powellii, powellii album, scabrumm, virginicum, Ellen Bosanquet,
zeylanicum, americanum and three or four others for which I don't have
names. I don't trust the names I have, although herbertii in bloom looks
like the photo Jay posted. I've gotten rid of some of these because they
take so much room. 

With respect to the use of Crinum as cut flowers: it seems to me that the
individual flowers of the Crinum I know are ephemeral - I mean literally
ephemeral. A single spathe will contain many, sometimes dozens, of buds;
but the individual flowers go fast. Or am I mistaken about this: maybe the
flowers droop during the day and firm up at night? 

Have others had the same experience? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where my daylilies on
steroids - aka Crinum - have not come into bloom yet this year. 

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