Cardiocrinum giganteum, Giant Himalayan Lily

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  • Regular price $14.50 at nursery
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Glossy green, red-veined hosta-like leaves feed a mega-bulb which supports a tower of fragrance that wafts a considerable distance on the breeze. The parent bulb will die once it flowers, but the offset will bloom in the following year — and on it goes. 10" white trumpets with soft red landing streaks, as many as 20, adorn the 7–14 foot stalk! Huge, toothed seed pods and stalk dry wonderfully and mystify all who are unfamiliar! Here's a plant everyone will covet! You can tell them it comes from the mid-elevations of the Himalayas — exotic but used to the cold. Imagine slogging through miles of bracken, leaches, and mud to come upon this spectacular sight, as the plant explorer, Frank Kingdon-Ward did. And you don't have to withstand the leaches! Rich, moist soil and light shade are ideal; plant with the nose of the bulb above the soil line. Protect the growing tip from frost with straw or other mulch. If desired, divide after its late June bloom.

 Mature size: 7-14 foot flower stalk, 2-3 feet wide

Minimum temperature: -10° F