An elegant plant, this spider lily is a hybrid between Crinum bulbispermum and C. moorei, both of which originate from South Africa. During late summer or early fall, it bears bright pink trumpet-shaped flowers at the top of a thick, succulent stem up to 3ft/90cm high.
The blooms are produced in succession, in clusters of five to eight, over about a month. Each “trumpet” can be up to 5in/13cm long and 6in/15cm wide.
C. xp. Album’ has pure white flowers.
The spectacular blooms and strap-shaped leaves, of which there are about 20 on a mature plant, arise from large bulbs, often as much as 6in/15cm in diameter. The leaves last for a year, dying only when there are new ones ready to replace them. Because of their relative longevity, they need attention to keep them looking attractive.
HEIGHT To 3ft/90cm.
POTTING MIX Soil-based, with plenty of coarse sand, leaf mold, and well-rotted manure added. Put plenty of pebbles or gravel on the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage.
REPOTTING Crinums flower best when pot- bound, so top-dress annually and repot only every 3-4 years.
PROPAGATION Divide overcrowded clumps in spring by carefully separating the offsets from the parent bulb. For a month after potting up, water the offsets sparingly; thereafter, treat them as adult plants. Otherwise, sow fresh ripe seed singly in pots.
KEEPING PLANTS Picking off the flowers as they fade will help to prolong the blooming period.
Crinumx POWELLU Amaryllidaceae Spider lily PLANT CARE
- Direct sunlight for 3-4 hours daily.
- A minimum temperature of 50°F/10°C during the winter rest period; at other times, normal room temperature.
- S Water freely in summer but do not let the plant stand in water.
- Give only enough water in winter to prevent the soil from drying out completely.
- If necessary, mist the leaves at this time, to prevent them from wilting.
- Apply high-potash fertilizer every 3 weeks in spring and summer.