Crinum - 'Super Ellen'

Ernie DeMarie via pbs
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:08:40 PDT
Hi Jim,
It may take a year or two for my Super Ellen to get to blooming size, but I am definitely excited about its potential.  Are there other hybrids/species you have found to be very cold tolerant in your experience that I should be looking for? No one up here is growing crinums, at least that I know of.

Briarcliff Manor NY Z7ish/6


Dear Ernie and all,

	Crinum x powellii album is far superior from typical x
powellii. Very hardy here and reliable even in drought years. Takes a few years
to settle in.

	I really have to put in a HUGE plug for 'Super Ellen’. The old
‘Ellen Bousanquet’ is not hardy here at all. A couple years and then a cold
winter gets it. I’ve had 'Super Ellen' for a number of years .Now the flower
stalks are at eye height ( 6 ft + or -), huge richly colored flowers and long
lasting. At one time this season I had a dozen stalks in the clump in bloom all
at once. WOW. 

	Came through cold and heat equally well, but give it a lot of
room. Leaves splay out 6 or more feet in each directionamd huge flower stalks. I
LOVE IT and heartily recommend it. 

	Give it some room and time- some extra
water now and then and fertilizer and you will hopefully be thrilled too. Hard
to believe this is a totally hardy perennial here in Kansas City on the

			Jim W.

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