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Queen Emma Crinum Lily

Crinum augustum 'Queen Emma'  • 

Photo: Queen Emma Crinum Lily

Take your pick: either the white and burgundy flowers or massive purple leaves are your favorite component of the Queen Emma crinum lily. It's a large, free-blooming, fragrant, bulbous perennial for frost-free climates or large containers. Native to the Seychelles and Mauritius in the western Indian Ocean, it grows and increases vigorously in suitable conditions, and blooms continuously, but most heavily in springtime. Over time, 'Queen Emma' grows larger and the broad strap-shaped burgundy-purple foliage emerges from a trunk-like mass that separates into individual flaring, arching, glossy leaves. The bulb produces daughter bulbs freely and one plant eventually becomes an imposing mass. The thick, burgundy, succulent flower stems are topped by mophead-like spidery clusters of large fragrant flowers with narrow pale pink-burgundy to nearly white petals. All parts of the crinum plant are toxic and no seeds are produced.

Properties

Height
0 - 190 cm
Color
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Soil type
Loam
Sand
Sunlight
Full sun
Partial shade
PH
Acid
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy