This purple-leaved hybrid has Crinum bulbispermum in its blood, so it is more cold hardy than many other purple-leaved crinums. In spring, ‘Sangria’ sends up 2-foot-long leaves (it will stay evergreen in frost-free climates). ‘Sangria’ crinum serves as a superb substitute for phormiums, though it is somewhat less upright. It is grown for its foliage alone or for its pink flowers, which appear in the spring. -Andy Cabe, Regional Picks: Southeast, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLong, purple leaves; cold hardy; showy, amaryllis-like pink flowers. All plant parts may cause severe discomfort if eaten, and sap may irritate skin.
CareGrow in full sun to part shade and moist, but well-drained, soil.
PropagationSow fresh seed at 70°F, or remove offsets in spring.
ProblemsAnthracnose, mosaic viruses, red leaf spot.
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Type : Bulbs
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Flower Color : Pink
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Bloom Time : Spring
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest