That’s not a troll toe either. I just included it to show the scale of the seed head. And I wanted to show off my flashback-to-seventh-grade silver nail polish. But that’s another story.
This is the crinum lily in bloom.
These crinums were growing here when we bought the house, but I had to move them when we added the back porch in 2007. They can go through a bit of shock when moved, so as expected, it took them a year before they really started to bloom again. The hard part is being patient before they begin blooming. The leaves get so long and strappy, and I don’t find the foliage alone all that attractive. They look weedy and wild, like my hair after an hour at the beach. Well, they don’t really look that bad.
You can see the stringy, strappy foliage here.
These seeds aren’t ready yet, but I just had to peek. Look how big they are!
If you want to grow crinum lilies, you won’t find them at most garden centers. Get them from a fellow gardening friend or neighbor (If you live close to me, I’ll share!). If you don’t know anyone who has them, The Southern Bulb Company is a great source.