Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


Crinum Lily

Crinum lilies have graced Southern homesteads with its bold presence for centuries. In cold climates, crinum lilies shine in pots on a patio during summer but need to be overwintered inside. Whether grown in-ground or in a pot, the plants send out fragrant spidery flowers in shades of white, pink, and red in early summer. Flower stalks emerge above 2- to 3-foot-tall arching straplike green leaves. Sometimes plants grow a second flower stalk in late summer. 

genus name
  • Crinum
  • Part Sun
  • Shade
  • Sun
plant type
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 1 to 3 feet
flower color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Crinum Lily Care Must-Knows

Crinum lilies thrive for decades with little care as long as they're in the right location. They grow best in part shade, but tolerate about any amount of light. They feel equally at home in dry, sandy soil and in moist soil at the edge of a pond. (Moist soil is where they'll bloom best.) Potted plants need a large vessel filled with quality potting mix.

Like other members of the amaryllis family, these huge leafy plants emerge from gigantic pest-resistant bulbs rarely bothered by deer and rodents. Though these tropical bulbs can be planted year-round, spring is the best planting time. Avoid fall and winter to prevent cold damage. Make sure the largest part of the bulb is underground with the thin neck, or growing point, just above the soil surface. For containers, choose one 2 inches larger in diameter than the bulb. (They like to be pot-bound.) During growing season, keep the soil moist and fertilize regularly.

This plant is sometimes hard to find in local nurseries, so check online sources and perennial providers for varieties in a host of colors.

More Varieties for Crinum Lily

Crinum asiaticum

Crinum asiaticum bears clusters of spidery white flowers top a large central stem. The large, dark green leaves may reach 3 feet long on a plant that grows 5 feet tall or more. Zones 8-11

Southern swamp lily

Crinum americanum offers white spiderlike petals that droop from a central stem. This Southeastern native does best in moist or west soil and blooms in late summer. The plant grows 2 feet tall. Zones 9-11