These crinum are extremely tough bulbs that offer deep pink flowers during the hottest parts of our summer months. They are valued for their color and their ability to stand up and keep their form in the heat. It is a must for any traditional Southern garden as it makes a magnificent centerpiece of color and structure for summer gardens! We hope you enjoy them!
Horticuluralist, Greg Grant says, "I don't know of any plant which has been ignored by modern gardeners of the South to the extent that crinums have. There is probably no other flowering perennial which can be classed as both extremely drought tolerant and aquatic, while providing stunning displays of fragrant, cut flower quality blossoms. If you have them, appreciate them, becaue they are truly unique Southern perennials."
Blooms: They produce numerous blooms that stand atop strong erect stalks about 3-4 feet tall. Each stalk has multiple 3-5" trumpet blooms that look great left in the garden or cut and brought in the house for bouquets. This crinum doesn't have its flowers flop over. Depending on the lighting, the blooms look deep pink to almost burgandy. Blooming is heaviest during June, but older, well-established crinum can continue to blossom on and off for the rest of the summer.
The Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' can add that POP of color to your summer garden with big showy deep pink blooms in June that make everyone pause to look. This crinum has proven itself to produce and flourish in the hot southern summers even in zone 10, and it works great as far north as zone 7 where it survives the cold. Summer months often bring vacations. We all want flowers during the summer but are concerned about them surviving the heat and no water if we go off and leave them. The Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' are hardy and do well while you are away.
Plant the crinums with the tip of their neck right at or barely above soil level. Plant in well-drained soil. Crinum can take full summer sun, but if you have a little shade during the late afternoon, that would be great. Crinum perform best when they have at least 8+ hours of sun every day.
Foliage: The 'Ellen Bosanquet' has lush green foliage that quickly fills an area while the blooms shoot up on stems about 3-4 feet tall. The 'Ellen Bosanquet' will make a show in your garden so be sure to give them some room to multiply and grow.
Landscape and Maintenance: Perhaps one of the most successful landscape uses of Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' I have witnessed was at the public gardens in Fredericksburg, TX. There, some astute landscape planner had used them en masse in combination with wax leaf begonias. In addition to their blooms, they are tough bulbs that can survive hi traffic public areas. I've included a picture from this right above.
Crinum really shine in the garden when they are used with other companion plants. In our personal gardens, we use them with a skirting of salvia, lantana, or summer blooming phlox. This year I used a lower growing white meadow sage (Salvia nemerosa) even though a part of me loves combining them with larger and somewhat wilder looking Salvia leucantha. We have a battle in our garden over "nice and tidy" plants vs. others that have a little less form. The tight and compact Salvia nemerosa has helped bring more structure to my crinum plantings and satisfied both gardening parties!
History and fun facts:
The Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' has been around for over 100 years which isn't as old as some of our bulbs, but it has proven its value in the hot southern summers.
The name was given in honor of Louis Bosanquet's, the gentleman who created this crinum hybrid, wife, Ellen.
The name is actually pronounced -- Boz - an - ket or Boz - an - kwet. He was English not French.