Get crinum lilies and start passing them down through generations

Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 23:12 - Written by Dee Bishop

Crinum lilies are some of the oldest bulbs in old gardens all around the country.

The deep rose crinums in the photo (probably Ellen Bosanquet) have been in my family since early in the last century. They were passed around from friend to friend to many gardens all around the area where I grew up.

It rains a lot in Chambers County, on the coast, and these bulbs grow huge in moist ground. The first ones I dug for my yard in Louisiana were so big I thought I would never find the bottom of the bulb. They grow at least 18 inches deep and are as big as a volley ball. It took my mom and I digging on both sides to get that bulb out of the ground. I succeeded, though, and have taken these bulbs to each house we have lived in.

Crinum lilies, once established, will outlive us all, so if you would like something to leave for posterity, plant a crinum. There are all shades of pink as well as white, white and pink or wine striped, and all are beautiful. You see crinums all around the Tyler area, some having grown for decades in older yards. I see the old white ones most often here. Around home it is the pink or the milk-and-wine types.

Our bulb sale is coming up in October (second weekend) and if you do not have a crinum, you can find several varieties there. We sell different sizes of bulbs. All will take a couple of years or more to bloom, but once they grow in well, they will bloom in the hot summer, gifting you with their beautiful flowers and lovely aromas.