Cecil Houdyshel

(2 customer reviews)


If you’ve never grown a crinum before, start with Cecil!  This crinum blooms more than any other variety.  It will grow in various soils but does need full sun.  It begins flowering in June and carries on through the fall. We have friends and clients growing this bulb in Zone 6. But please be aware placement and soils are important to cold hardiness. You’re a crinum pioneer! Find more info on cold climates and crinum in our book CRINUM Unearthing the History & Culture of the World’s Biggest Bulb. 



Growing Conditions: This plant is cold hardy into northern Ohio (Zone 5).

Flowers: The flowers are shell pink with rich-pink buds and a sweet fragrance. Their strong, erect stalks measure 60 inches. They make a great cut flower. 

Flowering Season: This crinum flowers more than most. It begins to blossom in June and continues through the fall.

Leaves: The glossy, Kelly-green leaves grow to a length of three feet.

How To Plant: Plant to a depth of 12 to 15 inches in normal garden soil.

Where To Plant: Cecil Houdyshel goes great with many plants. Try it in front of any kind of crepe myrtle, with a groundcover of homestead purple verbena or with antique roses, such as Caldwell pink.

Our Bulbs: We ship our normal tennis-ball-sized bulbs, which are ready for flowering.

Additional information

Weight 2.1 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 4 × 3 in

No add-ons +0, Toadflax Seeds + $4, Hook Bill Knife + $20, Gardening with Crinum Lilies, 1 + $5, Gardening with Crinum Lilies, 2 + $6

2 reviews for Cecil Houdyshel

  1. Emily Hazelwood

    I have given this one to my Mom and my Mother-in-Law and they both really enjoy the multiple blooms. My Mother-in-Law likes that she has something that is not common in her area of Virginia. Grows well in North Carolina also.

  2. Aimee Schooley

    Yes, I’m leaving a review before I’ve even planted my Cecil Houdyshels. I received my Crinums yesterday with a lovely personal note from Jenks and Tom, letting me know that since I’m in the same USDA zone as them, my Crinums will be on the same bloom schedule. Amidst a crazy upside-down world of uncertainty and worry, this example of simple kindness nearly brought me to tears. I’m planting my Crinums today – one under the crape myrtle, as the description suggests. The other, I’ll plant by my mailbox: in anticipation of it welcoming me home from wherever my travels take me; as a nod to the old Southern tradition of Crinums and mailboxes; and as sweet reminder of the wonderful and caring folks at Jenks Farmer, Plantsman. Thank you so much.

    • Jenks Farmer

      Thank you so much for saying this. Since I do the growing and tend get in the pictures with flowers, I get nice comments but Tom, stuck in the crinum shed doesn’t get the recognition he deserves — notes like this make us both proud and happy. Jenks

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