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Crinum moorei

lily of the Orinoco

C.moorei is a bulb that produces clumps of strappy leaves reaching 1m. Elegant, nodding clusters of amaryllis-type flowers open in late summer to early autumn. These are white, sometimes tinged light pink

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink White Green
Autumn Pink White Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset, contact may irritate skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Crinum are bulbous perennials, sometimes evergreen, with umbels of showy, fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers held well above the strap-shaped leaves

Name status

Correct

Plant range
South Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. Will need protection from frosts in colder areas. Can be grown in pots. Keep neck of the bulb just proud of the soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers with bottom heat when ripe, or from bulbils in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free but young growth may be attacked by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free

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