Crinum procerum var. splendens (Queen Emma’s Purple Crinum) – A large evergreen bulbous plant to 4 feet tall which forms wide clumps to 6 feet.
The upright rigid foliage emerges a rich burgundy with undertones of dark green. In late fall emerge the huge clusters of fragrant white tinged red flowers that darken with age.
Plant in full sun for best dark-colored foliage but it can also grow in more shaded areas. Water regularly. Hardy to 20° F but with some foliage damage – evergreen to around 27° F.
Can be a stunning plant but best if given some shade in hot interior locations and when protected from wind.
] The name of the genus comes from the Greek word ‘crinon’ which means “lily” so the one common name “Crinum Lily” seems a bit redundant.
The common name usually associated with this red leaf plant honors Emma Kaleleonalani, who was also known as Queen Emma.
She was the queen consort to King Kamehameha IV of Hawaii and had many favorite plants at her garden in Lawaikai. This common name is also used for a southern favorite Crinum augustum.