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Products > Crinum moorei
Crinum moorei - Moore's crinum
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Crinum moorei (Moore's Crinum) - A large fast winter growing plant to 3 to 4 feet tall with stout deep rooted bulbous bases and long broad green semi-succulent leaves that plant with huge 4 inch wide goblet shaped light pink flowers that are held in umbels above the foliage in summer, coinciding with the beginning of a short summer dormancy when leaves die down. Plant is full sun to light shade in a decently well-drained soil and irrigate infrequently to regularly in summer - this plant has proven itself to be quite drought tolerant in coastal gardens but flowers and grows larger with summer water. It is cold hardy at least for short duration temperatures a few degrees below 20 F and is considered the most cold hardy of all Crinums. Treat for snails and slugs that can mar the foliage. A great accent plant that makes a bold tropical statement in California gardens. Seed about a bit but easy to remove when young but older plants need to be deeply dug to get to the bulb plate. Moore's Crinum is is native to forests in the northern areas of Eastern Cape, South Africa. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'cinon' which translates as "lily". This species was named in in 1887 by British botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker, plant explorer and director after his father, William Jackson Hooker, of the Royal Botanic Garden Kew. The specific epithet honors name a Dr David Moore, the director of the Glasnevin Botanical Gardens in Dublin, Irelland, who first flowered this plant from seeds sent back from a British soldier serving in South Africa in 1863. Thad Howard is his Bulbs for Warm Climates states that "Crinum are to warmer climates what the genus Lilium is to colder climates, replacing the true lilies in the tropics and subtropics" and that Crinum moorei "thrives in California". It is hard to differentiate the various forms of this species from hybrids of it with other crinum, particularly the ones crossed with the large evergreen Crinum asiaticum that are called Crinum x powellii and since we have both of these species, other species such as Crinum bulbispermum and named hybrids in the garden, our plants of Crinum moorei may in fact also be hybrids. Our original stock came from the grounds of the Joseph Sexton Nursery, which was established in 1867 as first commercial nursery in the Santa Barbara area. When the property was renovated in the mid 1980s we dug and moved hundreds of existing crinum bulbs out of the way of construction and these became the stock plants of the crops that we currently grow.  The information about Crinum moorei displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.