Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pink Crinum Lily

I have fallen far behind in my postings. the next several pictures are from plants blooming in my yard in July and here we are way along in August. But they flowers are still beautiful.
These are pink crinum lilies. The ones typically seen around here are referred to as milk and wine lilies as they are white with a crimson stripe down the petals. But there are quite a few different crinums , and these are solid pink. I also have some stark white ones, as well as the traditional milk and wine variety. These lilies are carefree and  very long lived. they often survive to make the spot where an old home place stood. They make beautiful specimen plants and bloom better if left undisturbed for years. They can be divided after 2 or 3 years, but the bulbs are deep rooted and in heavy clay this can be a huge chore. If a clump is to be divided, dig the whole clump and remove the side bulbs to prevent major damage to the closely packed bulbs.

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