Many of our crinums start to come into full bloom in May and that includes the milk and wine crinum lilies. This is one of the first crinums to bloom every summer. Established bulbs send up 2-3 stalks with multiple flowers, and if the season is especially cool, they will each look good for a couple weeks. This gives almost a month of white and dark pink striped blooms that make a striking feature to the garden.
On top of this, you don't need to worry about it dying (unless you spray some kind of chemical on it or live in a cold environment - Zones 7 and colder), because it is one of the toughest bulbs in the garden! My former professor, Dr. Bill Welch once said, "No crinum in the South has ever died." In the winter, the foliage will die back with the first frost and the bulb will go dormant, but it is healthy and just waiting for the next warm season to spring back to life.
The flowers also have a subtle and pleasing fragrance. They are often blooming the same time early gardenias start to bloom. That gardenia fragrance might rule the garden, but you can enjoy the fragrance of the milk and wine lilies from a cut bouquet in the house.
With very old and large clumps as seen above, the foliage might need a little maintenance. With a little grooming (you can literally trim the lower and outlying foliage with hedge shears) they look great. Add some companion perennials such as Salvia sp., Phlox sp. etc. and the crinum becomes a showpiece in your garden. There are several Crinums that are called "Milk and Wine" but we believe this one to be Crinum x herbertii. Once you have this flower, you have it for a lifetime and we are thrilled to offer it to you for your garden!
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