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Crinum 'Infusion'
Infusion Magenta Hardy Crinum Lily

$40.00 $52.00
This size 3 in stock Product ID: 790616

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 5b

Plant Max Zone: 11b

Sunlight: All Day Full Sun, Full Sun, Part Sun

Water / Rainfall: Average, High, Very High

Soil Quality: Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Summer, Late Summer

Flower Color: Magenta

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Green

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Green

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: No

Scented Flowers: Yes

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Wet-Feet Tolerance: High

Humidity Tolerance: High

Wind Tolerance: Low

Poor Soil Tolerance: Clay Soils, Rocky Soils, Acidic Soil (low PH), Alkaline Soils (high PH)

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 2' - 4'

Width: 2' - 4'

Growth Rate: Medium, Fast

Service Life: Extremely long: over 20 years

Maintenance Need: Almost Zero Maintenance

Spreading Potential: Low

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Perennial to Ground Around First Fall Freeze: No Winter Interest.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5

Best Side of House: South Exposure, West Exposure, East Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Survives Severe Drought, Survives Under Roof Overhang, Tolerates Extreme Heat, Resistant to Rabbits, Base of Retaining Wall Locations

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Long Blooming Season, Large Tropical Foliage / Flowers, Exceptional / Colorful Foliage

Special Landscape Uses: None

Possible Pest Problems: None

Plant Limitations: May get Occasional Winter-kill, Needs Thick Winter Mulch, May be Poisonous

Description

Crinums are tough, long-lived perennial bulbs with strappy leaves and fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers. In areas where the bulbs are hardy, (zones 5/6-10) these plants can reach as much as 4 feet across and bloom all summer. Crinums can live for 200-300 years in the South often found growing in cemeteries and abandoned home sites with little or no attention. The plants are native to southeast Asia often in areas with a summer monsoon and dry winter. They can also be grown as flowering summer patio plants. If growing as a potted plant and trying to overwinter, allowing the foliage to frost is ok, it will not kill the root system. However, do not allow the pot with rootball to freeze solid or go below 20 degrees for more than a few hours; move into a cold garage or basement over the winter with no watering. Cut back and allow to go dormant and place entire pot back out in April or May with a time-release fertilizer. During the growing season, fertilize, water regularly, and place in full sun. You may also plant these in the ground for an enormous tropical effect! It is easy to overwinter these in the ground in Kansas with mulch or no mulch! The trick is to plant them deep: an extra 4-6" deeper than grade or with neck of bulb completely buried. Crinums are extremely adaptable thriving in either in dry or in boggy soils. Crinums are tough, low maintenance bulbs which make them perfect for rain gardens, and although drought-tolerant, crinums bloom more if well-watered. This plant can also grow in standing water or as a potted plant in water gardens. Unlike southern climates, crinums in Kansas need full sun to grow and flower in our shorter growing season. Crinum are more cold hardy than most authorities publish; easily pushing into zone 5 for some varieties. In our trial gardens in Lawrence, KS (zone 6a), the following varieties survived after being mulched 6-12" with leaf mulch to -17 degrees F. (Crinum 'Infusion', Crinum tweedianum, Crinum 'Super Ellen', Crinum x powellii, Crinum 'White Prince') During the arctic blast of February, 2021, lows down to -17 degrees F on Feb 16th, 2021 were recorded. The longevity of this cold blast was also impressive: 10 days on a row with highs of 10-15 degrees F or lower, 8 nights of lows in the single digits and negatives, and 36 straight hours of 0 degrees F and mostly lower. No crinums were lost or harmed during this event! Crinum 'Infusion' is a large crinum up to 48" tall with magenta flowers. Offsets heavily. Hardy to Zone 5b.

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