Milk and Wine Lily
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Milk and Wine Lily
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Milk and Wine Lily, pink-striped trumpet lily, wide-leaved pink-striped trumpet lily, wide-leaved crinum lily crinum lily • Bengali: সুখদর্শন sukhadarshana • Konkani: गोल कांदो gol kando • Malayalam: ചുവന്ന പോളത്താളി sjovanna-polചുവന്ന പോളത്താളി sjovanna-pola-talia-tali • Marathi: गडांबी कांदा gadabi kanda, गुलाबी कर्णफूल gulabi karnaphul • Sanskrit: चक्राङ्गी cakrangi, मधुपर्णिका madhuparnika, सुदर्शन sudarsana, वृषकर्णी vrsakarni • Tamil: விஷமூங்கில் visa-munkil
Botanical name: Crinum latifolium    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)
Synonyms: Crinum cochinchinense, Crinum longistylum, Crinum esquirolii

This old fashioned crinum lily is a low maintence plant that produces lovely, large, striped, lily-like flowers. It grows wild in the Western Ghats and after the first monsoon showers, some hill-slopes can be seen covered with this blooming plant. The stripes are alternately wine pink and white. The flowers also have a wonderful faintly sweet fragrance. The tall bloom stalk stands about 18-24 inches above the abundant foilage and hold 5+ blooms at a time! These will produce several flower stalks during the warmer months with the majority of blooms coming in the spring and fall. These lilies will multiply by producing bulbs underground as well as from the seeds that form after the blooms. You'll have a lovely large group of these in no time. Milk and Wine Lily is native to India. Flowering: June-August.
Medicinal uses: Bulbs are extremely acrid. When roasted, they are used as a rubefacient in rheumatism. Crushed and toasted bulb is applied to piles and abscesses to cause suppuration. The juice of the leaf is used in earache.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi & Navi Mumbai.

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