Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum

Cardiocrinum giganteum

"Giant Himalayan lily"

Cardiocrinum giganteum

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Description

Also known as the Giant Himalayan or -Yunnan Lily, this is an unusual lily, producing a high flowering spike of scented cream-white flowers, each with maroon markings in its deep throat. Cardiocrinum giganteum produce their flowering spikes between June and August, with more than 20 (and sometimes as many as 40) individual flowers on each stalk. The blooms also have a strong vanilla-like fragrance!

Originally from the Himalayas and southwestern China, Cardiocrinum bulbs have a monocarpic habit, which means that they die after flowering – but that’s not the end of the story because large numbers of offset bulbs are formed around the base of the old stem, and seedlings appear nearby too, to grow and flower again. This could take three to five years but will be worth the wait as you’ll have many more plants, and the flowering display will be phenomenal. You may need to move the offset or seedling plants – ideally in the autumn – to give them room to develop.

The toothed seed pods and stalks of this giant lily dry wonderfully and will mystify all who are unfamiliar with it!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Cardiocrinum giganteum

  • Flower colour

    Cream

  • Bulb size

    1

  • Established height

    1.5-2m

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Exotic gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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