Crinum longifolium

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Crinum longifolium, Thunb. (Amaryllis longifblia, Linn. C. ripdrium, Herb. C. capense, Herb.). Bulb ovoid, 3-4 in. diam.: lvs. 12 or more, strap-shaped, 2-3 ft. long, 2-3 in. wide, margins rough: fls. 6-12, pedicels 1-2 in. long; perianth tinged red on the back, and sometimes on the face, with a white variety; tube cylindrical, 3-4 in. long, about equaling the limb; segms. oblong, acute, 1 in. or less broad; stamens nearly as long as segms.; filaments red. Cape. Natal. B.M. 661. Var. Album, Hort. Gn. 52, p. 123.—Probably the hardiest pure species of crinum, enduring the winter of the Middle States, if protected with litter during cold weather. Prop, by offsets or seed, which latter is produced abundantly. C. grandiflorum, Hort., is a hybrid with C. Careyanum, said to partake of the hardiness of C. longifolium. Sometimes described as having a short-necked bulb. CH

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