With its commanding presence, the exotic crinum lily enhances more formal to wildly tropical landscaping. A giant lily like this can be the centerpiece of your landscape. Already impressive in size and growth habit, it occasionally tops it off by producing a long stem with an enormous flower. Crinums bloom on and off all year. They widen at the base with their many suckers or "pups" - baby crinums - that you can remove or leave in place.
The foliage of these plants is upright and stiff, forming an attractive clump. This is a moderate grower that prefers a well-drained area in full to part sun, though it will grow in shadier spots. In more shade, the Queen Emma's leaves will revert to more green in color. The plant blooms all year - whenever it feels like it - usually more often during warm months of the year.
Though it's moderately drought tolerant, this plant can take moist conditions occasionally and looks spectacular when planted near the edge of a pond. Water on a regular basis with time for the soil to dry out between waterings. Because these lilies are big plants that grow into a wide clump, place them 3 to 5 feet apart from each other.