Weekly planter: Invest in crinum lilies for long-term beauty

April 11, 2015 12:01 AM

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Weekly planter: Invest in crinum lilies for long-term beauty

It was love at first sight that day in Brookhaven, Mississippi, when I came across the grand crinum lily, Crinum asiaticum, I fell in love even though it wasn’t blooming. The tree-like structure of the stem or stalk and the large exotic foliage sold me with its texture before I had even experienced the beauty of the white blooms or tantalizing fragrance.

What many gardeners don’t realize is that there is a native crinum lily, Crinum americanum that is just as beautiful and fragrant with its glistening white blooms Though it possesses rare beauty, it really could use a Madison Avenue public relations firm as it is most often referred to as Florida sw...

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