Crinum latifolium is a sweet-scented, night-blooming flower native to India. It is sometimes called milk crinum and wine crinum because of its white and pink blossoms. It can be used in the landscape and for medicinal purposes.
Crinum latifolium is smaller and spreads less than other varieties of Crinum. It has a tidy rosette and long, straplike leaves. Five or more flowers grow on a stalk about 2 feet above the foliage of the plant. The flowers open in the late afternoon or evening and wilt by dawn of the next day from June until August.
Crinum latifolium is easy to grow in any soil. It is a slow-growing plant that prefers sun to partial shade. It tolerates drought and periods of wetness.
Pests and Diseases
Leaf spots caused by fungal disease can discolor Crinum latifolium, but the fungus will not kill the plant. Leaf spots can be treated with a fungicidal spray approved for Crinum latifolium at the application rate recommended by the manufacturer.
Caterpillars, grasshoppers and other chewing insects can damage the leaves. The insects can be removed from the plant by hand or sprayed with an insecticide approved for Crinum latifolium.
Crinum latifolium can be grown as a houseplant in a large container. Keep it in a bright room with cool night temperatures (55 degrees F). It can be used as a specimen plant or an accent plant in the landscape, as well as in a perennial border.
People in Asian countries use Crinum latifolium as a treatment for prostrate and ovarian disorders. In addition, it is used to increase longevity by balancing hormones, regenerating body tissues and detoxifying the body.
Caution should be used with Crinum latifolium, which can cause stomach upset or skin irritation. Consult a licensed medical practitioner before using Crinum latifolium as an herbal treatment.