Amaryllis australasica Ker Gawl.
Amaryllis australis Spreng.
Amaryllis flaccida Weinm.
Crinum angustifolium blandum (Sweet) Baker
Crinum arenarium blandum Sweet
Crinum corynorrhizum F.Muell.
Crinum luteolum Traub & L.S.Hannibal
Crinum pestilentis F.M.Bailey
Crinum weinmannii M.Roem.
Taenais australasiae (Ker Gawl.) Salisb.
Common Name: Murray Lily
Crinum flaccidum is a clump-forming bulbous plant forming a cluster of spreading, spear-shaped leaves at the base that can be 30 - 80cm long, and a flowering stem from 10 - 75cm tall.
The edible bulb is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use,
Australia - All mainland states.
Sandy inundated flats of river flood plains[
Crinum flaccidum is a plant mainly of warm temperate to subtropical areas in Australia, just extending into the tropical zone. Plants can only tolerate the lightest frosts when in active growth.
Succeeds in full sun or partial shade, requiring a well-drained soil[
]. Requires a rich well-drained soil in a sheltered sunny position[
Only plant out good sized bulbs and plant them quite deeply in the soil[
The bulbs are sensitive to transplanting and may take several years to establish[
]. After this, they will usually reproduce rapidly from offsets to produce the overcrowded conditions that stimulate them to flower freely[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
It is possible that other members of this genus will also provide edible bulbs[
Root - cooked. Rich in starch[
], it is a source of arrowroot[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe, placing 2 - 3 seeds in individual pots. Do not cover the seed. Once they have germinated, you can thin each pot to just one plant if required, though we have not found this to be necessary. Give an occasional liquid feed to ensure that the plants do not suffer nutritional deficiencies. Grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Division of offsets when the plant is dormant.
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