Crinum moorei (Natal lily)



Crinum moorei (Natal lily, Moore's crinum, Inanda lily, Ngomi lily) is a species of flowering plant of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa, and can be found in the eastern seaboard coastal forest. The species is found in large colonies in damp marshy areas in the shade.

Crinum moorei is a herbaceous perennial plant with large bulb, measuring up 20 cm in diameter, which rests just under the surface of the soil. A rosette of long, flat, dark green leaves, up to 1 m long and 4 cm wide, emerges from the bulb. The inflorescence is an umbel consisting of 6-12 wide funnel-shaped, fragrant, white to pale pink flowers, produced from long flowering stalk that also emerges from the bulb. The scent is stronger in the evening, and reminiscent of vanilla. The flowers are pollinated by moths. The bulbs are dormant in winter, and the leaves dying off after flowering.

Propagation is by seeds and bulbs. Crinum moorei does not tolerates sun. Plant in full or dappled shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Ensure to leave sufficient space between the bulbs, as they produce new bulbs around the parent plant, and will become over-crowded after a while. Carefully remove the young bulb from the parent bulb. The plant grown from seeds will flower in 3-4 years. The collected seeds are to be sown immediately after harvesting.

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