Crinum Bulbispermum


Crinum bulbispermum is native to South Africa. It has distinctive long, tapered glaucous foliage and blooms early in the season, but often repeats later. The flowers are typically white with reddish keels, but there is much variation in the coverage and intensity of anthocyanins pigmentation.

Botanical Name: Crinum Bulbispermum
Common Name (Variety): Deep Sea Lily
Colour: White, Pale Pink and Dark Pink
Bulb Size:
Height: 90cm
Light Conditions: Full Sun or Part Sun (Bright direct indoor)
Bulbs per pack: 1
Blooming Season: October
Maturity: 3 year old 
South Africa
Medicinal Uses: Used in traditional medicine to treat colds, rheumatism, varicose veins, reduce swelling and as poultices for septic wounds. Also used to ensure easy delivery in pregnancy and to stimulate breast milk. It is planted around houses to protect the home from evil.


Crinum bulbispermum is a large bulbous plant which is easily recognised in spring and summer by the blue- to grey-green, gracefully arching tapered leaves which cascade about the plant.

The bulbs are large (8 to 10 cm wide), oval shaped and may have a neck of about 15 cm long. They are covered by many layers of papery dry bulb scales, which protect them from drying out during the dry winter months. The plants begin to bloom early in the growing season in spring, lasting for a month or more. The flowers are heavily scented, often being described as ‘sickly-sweet’ and are pollinated by insects. The flowers are followed by large, fleshy seeds contained in a covering that becomes papery as the seeds ripen. As the flower stem becomes heavier, it keels over and the seeds are released to fall onto the ground where they immediately begin to germinate.

The foliage grows to about  0.5 m with the flowering stems reaching up to a meter, with a spread of over a meter in mature plants. As autumn approaches the leaves turn from yellow to brown and papery and remain as a mulch around the bulbs to return the nutrients to the soil and to protect the bulbs during the winter months.

Crinum bulbispermum is threatened by harvesting for the medicinal plant trade which has resulted in a continuing decline of numbers in its natural environment.