Cape Lily
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Cape Lily
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cape lily, Swamp lily
Botanical name: Crinum x powellii     Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)

In the 19th century, English plant breeders crossed two species of South African crinum lilies - Crinum bulbispermum and C. moorei - to create the hybrid Crinum x powellii, or Cape lily. The Cape lily has become a very popular perennial plant. The Cape lily grows in a mound of arching straplike leaves 3-4 ft long which arise from a large, long-necked bulb. The bulb can be as much as 7 inches in diameter. The fragrant funnel shaped flowers grow up to 10 cm long and are borne on leafless flowering stem, in succession from late summer until autumn. Cape lily has flowers that are either all white or all pink. Most cultivars are some shade of pink. 'Cecil Houdyshel', which produces clusters of 6-10 deep rose-pink flowers throughout the summer, is an old time southern favorite. 'Album' has pure white flowers.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nainital

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