Probably one of the grandest perennials of all. Large heart-shaped, glossy leaves, stems up to 2.5m tall with large, scented, lily-like flowers during late spring, early summer. Their scent grows stronger in the evening and these lilies are believed to be pollinated mainly by long-tongued moths. Followed by attractive seed pods, containing thousands of thin, papery seeds. Needing a rich, moisture retentive soil and protection from harsh summer sun. Plants can take around 5-7 years to flower from seed, while around 3-5 years from bulbils produced after the main bulb has flowered. Cardiocrinum breaks down as Greek kardia, meaning 'heart', referring to the leaves and crinum, 'lily'.

Plants to be propagated in the near future, register your interest To Be Propagated

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