CARDIOCRINUM GIGANTEUM YUNNANENSE
This unusual variant of the "Giant Yunnan Lily" has flowers which are more starry-shaped than normal, and arranged alternately around the inflorescence. Looking best in Summer and Spring, it is a fully hardy, monocarpic, herbaceous bulb with white, cream and purple flowers from early Spring until late Summer. After the largest bulb has flowered it dies, leaving a family of smaller ones to grow on. As the clump of bulbs develop over the years, at least some of them will flower every spring. It grows well in semi-shade, and prefers high levels of water.
For best results, sow seeds as soon as you receive them in a cool place onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. These seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate, and as a rule they wait for spring before emerging whenever they are sown. do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism. Please be very patient, and do not discard the seed pan, no matter how long it takes for germination to occur.
Common name:Giant Himalyan Lily
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial