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Cardiocrinum giganteum
Cardiocrinum giganteum

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Zones 4-6, 14-17, 34-41
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers

Blossoms of this Himalayan native resemble oversize Easter lilies; glossy dark green leaves are broadly oval to heart-shaped, 1 1/2 ft. long. In summer, foliage rosette gives rise to a leafy stem, 6–12 ft. tall.

Stem is flowerless for the first few years, dying back to the ground each fall, but after 3 or 4 years bears up to 20 fragrant, 6–8-in., white trumpets with dark reddish throats. Flowers set seed, then the whole plant dies–but not before producing many small offset bulbs that grow to flowering size within several years.

Set out bulbs (or dig and separate offsets) in early spring or, in mild-winter regions, in fall. Space 2 ft. apart, planting so tops are just beneath soil surface. In frost-prone areas, mulch in winter.

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