Crinum ‘Queen Emma’

Crinum augustum

  • Common Name: Crinum ‘Queen Emma’ (Other common names: Giant Spider Lily, Queen Emma Lily)
  • Scientific Name: Crinum augustum
  • Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
  • Origin: Native to tropical Southeast Asia
  • Height: 3-5’
  • Width: 3-5’
  • Growth: moderate         
  • Zone: 8B - 11
  • Light Needs: Part Sun – Part Shade
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Prefers clay, sand, and loam soils, acidic - slightly alkaline and can tolerate extended flooding.
  • Soil Moisture: Because it has very high moisture it is suitable for water gardens or bogs,but does need to dry out between watering.
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: Long-term health usually not affected by pests, but lubbers love to eat the leaves.
  • Growing Conditions: Well-suited to hot, dry locations, this spreading plant needs plenty of growing room, well-drained soils, and is known to naturalize.
  • Characteristics: Its maroon tinted leaves can reach up to 36” in height, and its stems are red. Flowers are showy, white, star-shaped flowers with purple on the back of the petals and it is fragrant.
  • Propagation: Offsets or bulbs - Crinums are best divided during the winter when not actively growing. The large clump is simply lifted and some of the offshoot bulbs removed.
  • Wildlife: Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
  • Facts: Some bulbs can weigh over 40 pounds and all parts are poisonous if they are ingested.
  • Designer Considerations: Can be used in water gardens, placed by streams or ponds, in a mass planting, specimen, accent, and in small parking lot islands.​


Crinum Lily "Queen Emma"

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