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Grassland Crinum

Crinum graminicola

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This beautiful specimen bulb is considered to be a rare species that is hardly ever seen in the wild. It has sweet-scented large flowers that make a beautiful statement in any garden. These flowers attract an array of sunbirds as they feed off of the nectar. Grow them in pots or in well-draining soil.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest flower stalks for flower arrangements in late summer months, soon after they have reached maximum height. Harvest seeds after they have reached their maximum size (1-1.5 cm in diameter) and become green in colour.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds immediately after they have become large enough to sow (1-1.5 cm in diameter) and are green in colour. Remove fleshy seed coat and sow in a deep propagation tray with sandy soil. Keep moist until germinated.

Special features

Attracts birds
Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Drought resistant
This species originates from grassland areas, where it receives low levels of water.
Pot plant
Plant in any large pot and place in a well-lit area.

Geography

Origin
Zimbabwe, the Highveld and KZN grasslands
Natural climate
Arid Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
The flowers are white inside and pink-striped outside.
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and disease, but may sometimes be attacked by grasshoppers.
Garden locust
Garden locust
Acanthacris ruficornis

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