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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Crinum americanum var. americanum

Swamp-lily, String-lily, Seven-sisters, American Crinum Lily, Southern Swamp Lily

Scientific Name:

Crinum americanum var. americanum

Genus:

Crinum

Species Epithet:

americanum var. americanum

Common Name:

Swamp-lily, String-lily, Seven-sisters, American Crinum Lily, Southern Swamp Lily

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamp forests. Recorded in the wild from only one NC coastal-plain county (last siting was 1975).

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

SH: Historical (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SC-H: Special Concern: Historical (*Key)

Notes:

Very showy, fragrant flowers. Has also been placed in the Lily Family.

An umbel of large white flowers with red filaments.

Botanical garden in Brunswick Co., NC

The Scientific Name is Crinum americanum var. americanum. You will likely hear them called Swamp-lily, String-lily, Seven-sisters, American Crinum Lily, Southern Swamp Lily. This picture shows the An umbel of large white flowers with red filaments. of Crinum americanum var. americanum

Larry Mellichamp

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CRAM2

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/crinum-americanum/



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