Toes in the Garden (and Crinum Lilies)

We have tomaTOES.

We have baby TOES.

And we have gnarly troll TOES.

Upon closer inspection, they aren’t troll toes. They are seed heads from a crinum lily.

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.

Like many of my garden favorites, this is an old homestead standard in the south. They grow best when you leave them alone, and they manage the heat and humidity with ease.

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.

You can also see why they end up growing in clumps. When the flower stalk falls over, each of the “toes” is full of seeds.

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.


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One Response to Toes in the Garden (and Crinum Lilies)

  1. Suzy Ryan says:

    While in Florida, we found a seed. We planted it in a pot when we got back home to Wisconsin, zone 5. Well, it grew into a decent size plant, and through research we determined that it is a type of Crinum, though I don’t know which one. Can I plant this in the ground here, or do I need to leave it in a container? I have been bringing it in and out as the spring weather fluxuates. How cold can it withstand so I can quit moving it?

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