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Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense
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Cardiocrinum giganteum var yunnanense

Cardiocrinum

Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense partial shade

Everything about this fantastic subalpine Chinese native is BIG! Enormous bulbs stockpile their stamina for nearly seven years before launching 10 to 15 ft. tall, hollow black-infused flowering stems, loosely clad in glossy leaves. An elegant gathering of pendulous, 10 in. long creamy white, trumpet-like blooms with reddish purple-streaked throats and a delectable fragrance crowns the energy charged treelike stalks.

Below, handsome thick, heart-shaped foliage that measures about 10 in. across and 18 in. long forges a large green basal rosette. The Giant Himalayan Lily possesses a long lasting dramatic stance, even in autumn, when decorative fruit capsules transmute warm chestnut hues and split open, pouring their countless silky seeds upon the garden.

After flowering the plant sadly perishes, but smaller bulbs ensure an extraordinary encore in a couple of years.

Blooms late June–mid-August.

Size: 15' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 7.

Cardiocrinum giganteum var. yunnanense (P-1727)
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