What's the name of this flower?

Still trying to find the names of all that grows on our property... This flower, that grows out of a huge clump of green blades, smells heavenly. Was told it's been growing in that spot for a minimum of 50 years!! What is it? Thank you!
what s the name of this flower, flowers, gardening
what s the name of this flower, flowers, gardening
what s the name of this flower, flowers, gardening
  63 answers
  • Liz Smith Liz Smith on Jun 03, 2013
    Looks like an Asian Lily

  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Jun 03, 2013
    Looks like a Rubrum Lily

  • Julie Julie on Jun 03, 2013
    Liz, it sort of looks like the Asiatic Lilies we have, but it's trumpeted in shape. And the way they grow together like that...seems different, but -? Not sure. Mary, I don't know the Rubrum Lily.. I'll see if I can find other pictures. Thanks!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Jun 03, 2013
    It appears to be a Crinum Lily , but I am not sure which one mabye x herbertii ...

  • Nancy Hatcher Nancy Hatcher on Jun 03, 2013
    I don't think it's an Asiatic lily. The blossoms of the Asiatics are more compact at the top. I have several and none of them look like yours.

  • Liz Holland Liz Holland on Jun 03, 2013
    I also think it's a crinium, They come in different colors and shapes of the petals but I'd bet that's what they are.

  • Joan Joan on Jun 04, 2013
    Looks like an Asian Lily.

  • Winona Spinks Winona Spinks on Jun 04, 2013
    I don't think it resembles any of the suggestions...I have this same plant so if you find out what it is definitively please let me know.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 04, 2013
    The flower, the fragrance and the fact that it's been in that spot for 50 years all tell me it's a crinum.

  • Lori J Lori J on Jun 04, 2013
    The foliage isn't right for a asiatic.

  • Marcia Brazil Marcia Brazil on Jun 04, 2013
    My mother-in-law had one and she called it a crinum lily.

  • Alison Chappell Alison Chappell on Jun 04, 2013
    I have this....definitely a crinum lily. don't remember which variety

  • P P on Jun 04, 2013
    The petals are too pointed at the tips and the foliage isn't right for Asiatic lilies, the coloring is along the lines of the star gazer lily, but not quite as bright. The foliage looks more like a variety of day lily. How long do the blooms stay once bloomed?

  • Keri Keri on Jun 04, 2013
    Not Asiatic (Casa Blanca or Oriental)

  • Elizabeth Gladden Elizabeth Gladden on Jun 04, 2013
    It's a crinum lily. I have one that is the same color and has been here forever. It is really hard to dig it up as the roots go deep and are tangly.

  • Paula Paula on Jun 04, 2013
    This website has an entertaining article about crinium lillies http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/hot-country-lilies-captivate-gardeners-00400000010591/ And this other one has lots of good photos. http://gallery.plantdelights.com/v/Crinum-Lilies/ I remember this plant from my years down South. I wonder if it would grow well here in the PNW.

  • Carmela Clement-Wright Carmela Clement-Wright on Jun 04, 2013
    Looks to me as there are Stargazer lillies, I make them out of fondant/gum paste for cakes! Beautiful.

  • Jill E Jill E on Jun 04, 2013
    It looks like a muted stargazer lily. I think a Crinum makes sense.

  • Julie Julie on Jun 04, 2013
    You guys are great.... thank you SO much!! Once I had some names to look up, I checked out the Crinum Lily. That is definitely it. My husband remembered his parents calling it "Peppermint" something... and the one I found is a "Peppermint" Crinum, also called "Milk & Wine" or "Creole" Crinums. I looked at several pics and I know for certain now. Thank you!!

  • Julie Julie on Jun 04, 2013
    Also read it's hard to move these --EVER. They're found at old demolished or run down homesteads where everything is dead, but it's thriving. Read one guy mowed it over, sprayed it with RoundUp, and still it came back! The roots and bulbs are monsterous and hard to dig out... just a warning :) But I have no intention of doing that... I love it! I want more!

  • Petra Loureiro Petra Loureiro on Jun 04, 2013
    It looks like an Orange river lily, Crinum acaule or Crinum bulbispernum. Page 348 in the Elsa Pooley book "A field guide to wild flowers Kwa Zulu - Natal and the Eastern Region" found in South Africa.

  • Petra Loureiro Petra Loureiro on Jun 04, 2013
    I have them growing here at home in Hibberdene on the Kwa Zulu- Natal South Coast in South Africa. Crinum (krinon - lily) - Robust, deciduous bulbous plants; flowers very large, tube long, trumpet- shaped, tepal lobes spreading or reflexed; seeds large, without hard coat. Rewarding garden plants. Mainly Afr, + - 130 species, + - 21 in SA.

  • Julie Julie on Jun 04, 2013
    Petra, thank you! Would love to see your area on the coast...always wanted to go to SA. Have a friend that moved to the US back in the 70s from Johannesburg... he has such a lovely accent still and I know he misses his homeland a lot. Yes, they are very rewarding plants --it's always blooming this time of year (spring) and I'm told it has for at least 50 yrs. It's lovely! Thanks again.

  • Adrienne Adrienne on Jun 04, 2013
    it's my favorite lily, it's a stargazer.

  • Adrienne Adrienne on Jun 04, 2013
    Oops just took another look at pic, it doesn't have the same stamen as a star gazer, and the pic is a cluster and smaller than start gazer, sorry for the wrong description. Still pretty flower. :)

  • Petra Loureiro Petra Loureiro on Jun 04, 2013
    You welcome Julie. Have a look at my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/goldenviewcampsite for pics of my area and some interesting things as well.

  • Texas_lady64 Texas_lady64 on Jun 04, 2013
    Crinum lily

  • Kathleen Hibben Kathleen Hibben on Jun 04, 2013
    looks like a pink lady or naked lady thats what I heard growing up california

  • Winona Spinks Winona Spinks on Jun 05, 2013
    There is a large stand of these plants at my grandparents' home in Freeport, TX (on the Gulf Coast). We tried to dig up a piece for me but only succeeded in chopping off a portion of bulb. I brought it to my home in Burleson, TX (near Fort Worth) and planted it...IT SURVIVED and is thriving! It withers in winter but comes to life every spring...BEAUTIFUL...and reminds me of my grandparents who are now both deceased.

  • Deby Sims Deby Sims on Jun 05, 2013
    I have some Crinum in my yard. That's what this looks like

  • Virginia M Virginia M on Jun 05, 2013
    could be milk and wine lily

  • V Valencia V Valencia on Jun 05, 2013
    It looks like a Star Gazer....

  • Julie Julie on Jun 05, 2013
    I've looked at Stargazer pics, that's not it. Their stem is very thin, this lily (Crinum) is very thick and hollow. Then at the end, several flowers come out. I'm convinced it's the Crinum. This particular one is called "Peppermint", "Milk & Wine", or "Creole". Thanks everyone!!!!

  • Julie Julie on Jun 05, 2013
    Winona... I'm not surprised!!! I've read some funny things about this plant, how it survives. Survives poisons, mowing, tornadoes, neglect.... it's a survivor!! Definitely a Crinum Lily! Petra.... thanks for the link! I will check it out. If I have any questions, I know where to ask on here :))

  • Sheleen Sheleen on Jun 05, 2013
    We have these in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Because their roots are so deep they survive underground through the heat, bushfires and dry months and then with the first rains they come up everywhere in gardens and the veld and their blooms are so eye-catching and beautiful. I grew up knowing it as the rain lily but have since learnt it is the Crinum Lily.

  • Julie Julie on Jun 05, 2013
    Sheleen... "rain lily" huh? I like that. I'm going to remember all of the "slang" names of Crinum that people are saying because they're all fun. We just had some heavy storms and within a day these came up, so it makes sense! Thanks for your comment!

  • Dana Nodler Dana Nodler on Jun 05, 2013
    In TX we call that a "stargazer" often delivered from florists most pungent fragrance, it's a form of lily

  • Lynn Lynn on Jun 05, 2013
    What a treat to have something so indestrictable on your property! I'd love it!

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 05, 2013
    Definitely NOT a Stargazer lily... when compared side by side you can see the difference. Stargazers are a hybrid lily that was made by crossing an asiatic lily and oriental lily, from the genus "Lilium." The Crinum Lily (genus "Crinum") is from the Amaryllis family and has many different types, which is why there are so many names for the same plants. It originates from South Africa. Julie, I had to laugh about the "mowing to get rid of" because mowing actually encourages MORE growth!! It's a wonderful hot weather plant, but definitely not one you want growing next to a foundation too close to the house or clay drainage pipes. Yikes! I love this plant, so tenacious!

  • Lisa C Lisa C on Jun 05, 2013
    You are right a crinum peppermint I have the milk and wine or fire and ice it is a darker wine color and yeap they are survivors. Mine are blooming as we have had a lot of rain I also have them in white pink and red. You can separate them they are bulbs so they have baby's that pop up beside them I separate mine every few years or they go crazy!

  • Judith F Judith F on Jun 05, 2013
    I had over 200 of these bulbs From one I brought back from Mississippi in 1978.That was in 1990.I have since given away many more.The recent ones went to friends and neighbors.

  • Carmel Callan Carmel Callan on Jun 05, 2013
    I thought stargazer originally myself but knew this wasn't correct. Does anyone know if Boston is too cold for crinium? I'd probably have to dig it up over winter

  • Katt Katt on Jun 05, 2013
    Julie, I have the same in my yard that were given by a friend. From my research I have found them to be"Milk and Wine" crinum.

  • Andrea Andrea on Jun 05, 2013
    I thought it was a lily, stargazer. I guess I was wrong.

  • Beverleynilles Beverleynilles on Jun 05, 2013
    it is a stargazer lilly for sure. Stargazer is the name after crossing with a couple of other lillies which is what you probably have since it is so old. Beautiful I have some Casa Blancas that are also beautiful. If you want more lillies try the casa blanca and put it where you can smell it. It fills the air in the evening.

  • Becky Becky on Jun 05, 2013
    We always called them Surprise Lilly, after the Green foliage dies off, then long green stems go up and the flowers come out....

  • Sal kemple Sal kemple on Jun 06, 2013
    I call it a Stargazer lily. One of my favorites and always placed in the center of a huge floral bouquet when I receive flowers from the florist.

    • Rhonda Clements Rhonda Clements on Sep 19, 2013
      @Sal kemple way too small for star gazer, I have them and the flower is larger than my hand and the stalks are about 3 feet tall, similar color but this one is too faded for stargazer

  • Debbie Debbie on Jun 06, 2013
    Well, it seems you have your answer!! I agree, it is a Stargazer Lily. They're beautiful and sooo very fragrant! My sister used them in her wedding bouquet. I have always had difficulties growing them because of the Lily Beetles. If I'm correct they're slightly elongated and red with black spots. And they can devour a lily in no time! Good job on keeping them healthy!

  • Linda Witt Linda Witt on Jun 06, 2013
    I agree...it's a crinum, or commonly referred to as milk and wine lily.

  • Donna Donna on Jun 06, 2013
    I have them in my yard... Mama always called them Wine and Roses.

  • Aida Mendivil Aida Mendivil on Jun 06, 2013
    I think this is stargazer.

  • Julie Julie on Jun 07, 2013
    My husband, who lived here from 1961 to adult said they called it "Peppermint" something...I'm convinced it's a Peppermint Crinum! Thanks to all!! :) Got my answer- YAY!

  • Barb beall Barb beall on Jun 07, 2013
    It is most likely a Nerine Lily... Stargazers have smaller leaves, have a thinner stem and the flowers grow at intervals along the stem not in one bunch at the top

  • Dana Nodler Dana Nodler on Jun 07, 2013
    Thanks for helping to identify this beautiful lily. Crinum will be on my list of bulbs to look for. So pretty.

  • Jossi Jossi on Jun 07, 2013
    A Stargazer Lily here in Vermont. And they often freeze in out cold/icy winters and do NOT return.

  • Sandra Parrill Sandra Parrill on Jun 13, 2013
    It is a crinum, an old variety called Milk and Wine. I have three of them. I can tell by the long strappy leaves. Definitely not a Stargazer Lily.

    • Judith F Judith F on Sep 21, 2013
      @Sandra Parrill This is as I have always known this plant to be called.

  • Peg Peg on Jun 16, 2013
    this a good example of identification and telling the difference of similar looking plants. The flowers of the crinum hang/droop from the top and center of the plant, unlike the star gazer. The stamens of the star gazer are longer, yellow, not in the crinum. Crinums will have a cluster of wide grasslike leaves as in let's say a daylily, similar. The stargazer will have an erect stalk with leaves going up the stalk. Hope this helps. Plant identification is one of the best tools to gain knowledge of plants!!

  • Julie Julie on Jun 16, 2013
    Sandra, it might be the "Mike & Wine" crinum variety... but my husband remembers (grew up here) his parents calling it a "Peppermint"... but we didn't know the "crinum" part. So...?? Not sure now!

    • Lisa C Lisa C on Sep 20, 2013
      @Julie You are right and right it is a peppermint the mile and wine are a darker variety my grandmother had those and I blieve mine are the same as yours a lighter pink/peppermint wish I had the wine it is also beautiful! enjoy!

  • Julie Julie on Jun 16, 2013
    Thank you to everyone who responded, I think I have my answer now. What a GREAT help you all were!!

  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Sep 19, 2013
    wrong leaves and stalks for a STARGAZER. this is in ther AYALLIUM-wrong spelling I'm sure, or AMARYLLIS FAMILY-BELLA DONNA comes to mind, but that is not correct (her folliage dies down then the blooms apear).... What you have will multiply, grow in clusters, big tulip style bulbs, come in various colors. By the photo you have several bulbs that have multiplied, could be dug up and divided in the fall..

  • Valerie Valerie on Feb 21, 2014
    In this country we refer to it as a 'March lily' - mine made an appearance two days ago!

  • Genie Krivanek Genie Krivanek on Feb 21, 2014
    Definitely a crinum. Here in the deep South we have a white variety that grows wild along the roadsides. Lovely but not a yard plant...truly will take over. Your crinum is the domesticated variety. Lovely! I think you can divide it as you would a day lillly.