Crimun x powellii “Alba” – Swamp Lily

C. x Powellii typically produces a clump of narrow, strap-shaped green leaves to about 3 feet. A naked flower spike rises to 4-5 feet, topped with umbels of 8-10 showy flowers (each up to 4” diameter) which bloom in succession from mid summer to early autumn.

Crinums start flowering in late December in Coastal Tasman, which helps to fill that lull after the spring flowers and before full summer has arrived. They are trouble-free plants which bring some drama to the garden, especially when a mature clump has developed. The pink flower is remarkably reminiscent of Amaryllis belladona, so maybe go for the white of wine red if offered a choice.

Click here to go to the Crinum x Powelli “Alba” page in Karin’s Garden.