This page contains information about Crinum hybrids with striped flowers and names that begin with A-D.
Crinum × amabile was named as a species but is now understood to be a hybrid of C. zeylanicum × C. asiaticum. C. × amabile has upright fountain of foliage to 4-5'/1.5 m of broad shiny medium green leaves with a prominent whitish mid rib on the underside. Plants growing in full sun sometimes show a wine tinting on the youngest growth in the center, but this fades rapidly as the leaves expand and older leaves only have pigment on the very base and stem. Scapes are variably pigmented depending on the light conditions & flower tepals are bright wine red on the outside and pink striped with narrower paler stripe down each edge. This form seems to be very tender to freezing temperatures and limited to zone 9.
There is much confusion between Crinum × amabile, Crinum × augustum, and the red-pigmented forms of what has been referred to as C. procerum but is part of the C. asiaticum complex. The number of red pigmented forms of C. procerum are numerous with some forms associated with clonal names, such as 'Splendens', 'Kaaawanum', or 'Big Red', but since they are all fertile, it is hard to know whether one has an asexual clone or a seedling, and many unnamed forms are in circulation. In addition, many of these forms of C. procerum are distributed as C. × amabile or the 'Queen Emma lily'. C. × amabile is strongly connected to the common name, 'Queen Emma lily' , but the red-pigmented forms of C. procerum are now commonly called this now, I know not enough to say to which form this name originally applied. Occasionally C. × amabile does produce some burgundy pigment on the new foliage in strong lighting only, but this is far too widely confused with the red-pigmented forms of C. procerum and C. × amabile is a green leaved plant. This is partially because the true C. × amabile is so scarce and cold tender and red pigmented forms of C. procerum are so numerous and more cold.
It is often noted that Crinum × augustum and C. × amabile are very similar, but it is my experience that this because most material distributed as true C. × amabile is actually Crinum × augustum. Flowers of C. amabile are not as wide tepalled or large as Crinum × augustum and the more spreading larger foliage of Crinum × augustum is not glossy with a more matte luster. Both Crinum × augustum and Crinum × amabile are sterile, never setting seed and apparently with infertile pollen as well. There are red-pigmented forms of Crinum procerum which do not have any red pigment on their leaves but have pigmented scapes and flowers, most red-pigmented forms have partial to entirely red pigmented leaves as well. The 6"/15 cm fertile flowers of Crinum procerum as smaller and narrow tepalled with dark pink to deep wine pigment outside and white to medium pink inside depending on the variant but does not have a distinct stripe in the middle. Crinum × amabile and Crinum × augustum are twice that diameter or more and are striped.
Crinum 'Asian Rose' is a hybrid of C. asiaticum × C. scabrum made by Marcelle Sheppard. It's a large plant with attractive foliage and spidery, striped flowers. Photos taken August 2012 by Jay Yourch.
Crinum × augustum was named as a species but is now understood to be a hybrid of C. zeylanicum × C. asiaticum which is listed as triploid by some sources. Crinum × augustum is large plant with leaves to at least 6.5'/2 m but less when conditions are not ideal. The basal neck of the bulb is large to 15 "/30+ cm in diameter and though broader at the base, it does not have a globose bulbous base. The scapes fall over commonly for me and I encourage staking which would require a 6-7'/2+m sturdy stake. Scapes often remain upright until large flowers open and then fall over. Scapes are heavily pigmented on this form, but I have not seen any burgundy pigment on the foliage except where they attach to the trunk like base. Flowers are more deeply pigmented on the back with deep wine coloration deep rose colored edges and definite bicolored on the inside with a darker rose-pink stripe down the center and a paler pink stripe on either side of the tepal. Crinum × augustum tepals are up to 0.5"/1.5 cm wide and flowers can have a 6"/12-15 cm width, though they are generally more recurved and drooping. There is much confusion between Crinum × augustum, Crinum × amabile, and the red pigmented forms of what has been known as C. procerum but is part of the C. asiaticum complex. See discussion under Crinum × amabile. Photos taken July 2006 by Alani Davis.
Crinum 'Candy Ruffles' is a hybrid of C. bulbispermum × C. 'Thaddeus Howard' made by T.M. Howard in 1964. It is a sister seedling to the better known hybrid, 'Carnival'. Photos taken 2005 and 2006 by Alani Davis.
Crinum 'Carroll Abbott' is a high quality C. × herbertii (C. bulbispermum × C. scabrum) hybrid with nicely shaped, red striped flowers. It is named in honor of the late Texas wildflower advocate, Carroll Abbott. It closely resembles 'Schreck', but there are observable differences which are discussed in the entry for 'Schreck'. Photos taken June 2007 by Jay Yourch.
Crinum × digweedii is the name used for hybrids of C. americanum × C. scabrum. These hybrids have variable striping which can range from pale pink to deep red or be entirely absent. The flowers open widely and are usually very fragrant. The two pictured here are not named, but show some of the variation that can be expected within this group of hybrids. Also see 'Amelia Garza', 'Royal White', and 'Stars and Stripes'.
This one, dubbed 'Gonzalez' after the small historic area north of Pensacola, Florida where it was found, has very large flowers and pale stripes. Photos taken August 2006 by Jay Yourch.
This one, dubbed 'Old City Cemetery', has well defined deep pink stripes. Photos taken August 2006 by Alani Davis.
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