Sangria, a new crinum, is one of the most beautiful

Published on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 23:15 - Written by By Dee Bishop In Our Garden

Crinum lilies are commonly seen throughout the South.

The most common ones are either pink, white or the white-with-pink or reddish stripes called milk and wine, and they grow huge and produce large clusters of big blooms.

Well, let me introduce you to a fairly new crinum called Sangria. Crinum Sangria is one of the most beautiful. It begins in spring with deep purple foliage that gradually changes to green with wine tints by late summer.

The neat thing about this crinum is its upright foliage. Unlike all the other crinums, Sangria has very upright leaves. I have a picture of myself standing next to mine and it is nearly as tall as me.

Sounds good? That’s not all; it produces these magnificent blooms. They aren’t as large as the other crinum blooms, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Isn’t it absolutely exquisite?

Sangria likes some afternoon shade. In fact, if you come see ours at the IDEA Garden, you will find it blooming beautifully in quite a lot of shade. It resides down in the shade area where the patio and bench are. You must go while it is blooming to see these lovely flowers, and while you are there, check out all our other beauties. We are in the process of getting ready for fall planting and have removed some things, but as always, we have many others blooming beautifully.

Sangria will not be available this year at our bulb sale, but please come and see all the other wonderful bulbs we have. We have ordered from various growers, bulbs of all kinds suitable for our old hot Texas weather, as well as some trees, shrubs, fall herbs and plants our members are donating, so you never know what prizes you will find. We will be looking for you around 9 a.m. Saturday.