Cold Hardy Collection – 3 Best for Zone 6


Based on our customer’s experience and our travels, we know these three do great in cold climates:

  1. Crinum bulbispermum,  aka Orange River Lily.  We’ve sent plants to Saint Louis Zoo, Denver Botanical Garden, and we’ve seen it thriving in Copenhagen Denmark!
  2. Crinum ‘Cecil Houdyshel’. We’ve sent plants to Pittsburgh Zoo, to Martha’s Vineyard, and very high elevations in West Virginia.  This one flowers more than any other.
  3. Crinum moorei album. We’ve seen it planted in gray and chilly England and even Scottland! 

White Natal Lily (Crinum moorei alba)

It's a forest dweller!  A crinum for shade.  Natal Lily also grows into really cold places -- if you're ever on a garden trip in England, you'll see this crinum grown as a perennial in famous gardens like Great Dixter.

We grow the species in part shade, near a pecan tree. So it does actually get a few hours of sun. It likes that.  But lets say it tolerates more shade than other crinum. Either way, it likes a normal to moist spot--- so not dry shade.

3-foot tall pure white flowers in June.  It has long elegant stalks and makes a great cut flower. The glossy leaves are unlike other crinum, the splay out sort of flat. TThat makes them a nice container plant.

These bulbs tend to be round and live shallow -- which makes them easy to dig and share. It also means you should plant them just 6 or 8 inches deep.  They also go sort of dormant in late summer -- well they just get puny looking so cut them back to the ground then.

We ship  one, 8-inch around bulb per order. 

Orange River Lily

Incredibly cold hardy! We have clients growing these in Indiana, Denver, and Boston!

Sculptural, blue-green leaves look great all season. Tall, pastel flowers add tropical elegance to the early spring garden.

From the Orange River, where it's been used medicinally for generations.

Cecil Houdyshel

This crinum blooms more than any other variety. It begins flowering in June and carries on through the fall.

57 in stock


Additional information

White Natal Lily (Crinum moorei alba)

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 6 in

Orange River Lily

Weight 2.1 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 4 × 3 in
Bulb Size


Cecil Houdyshel

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


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