New bloom in the stock tank pond

Surprise, surprise—my pond lily really does flower. I found this generically labeled bog plant last year at Hill Country Water Gardens and had to have it for those strappy, burgundy leaves. It never bloomed, but I loved the leaf color, so when it croaked during last winter’s big freeze, I replaced it as soon as I could find one again.

What a pleasant surprise to see it blooming one humid morning. This flower lasted only a day, and then three others opened and closed, and now it’s back to business as usual. Which is also pretty good.

Update: ID’d as a Crinum, either ‘Sangria’ or ‘Splendens.’

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11 Responses

  1. Darla says:

    Love surprises like this one! Cool looking flower.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It is a beauty. My Surprise Lilies are beginning to bloom too.

  3. Is it a crinum? Wish I could grow them…

    Based on your ID and Sweetbay’s, below, I would agree that it is a crinum—either ‘Sangria,’ as Sweetbay suggested, or Crinum procerum ‘Splendens.’ Thanks, Joseph. —Pam

  4. Sweetbay says:

    Looks like Crinum ‘Sangria’.

    I knew that you guys would come through with an ID–thanks, Sweetbay. I did a little research on the hybrid ‘Sangria,’ and Plant Delights says that Crinum procerum ‘Splendens,’ one of its parents, is often sold as ‘Sangria.’ I looked at images of both online and can’t see the difference. What do you think? —Pam

  5. That is one of the coolest things ever. Do you know what it is?

    See Sweetbay’s comment, above, Kim. —Pam

  6. Nancy says:

    that is a lovely plant and what a great surprise!

  7. Jenny B says:

    What a lovely surprise. Very exotic looking–gorgeous color!

  8. Gail says:

    What a gorgeous crimum~gail

  9. meemsnyc says:

    What a cool looking flower!

  10. Jean says:

    Wow, kind of bizarre looking!

  11. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Pam, I love that bloom. I couldn’t get the red-leafed crinum to thrive in my pond so I have piece of it in pots and they’re doing well. Blooms would be a nice bonus!