Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan Lily)
Origin: Himalaya, China
Location: Asian Plants
Cardiocrinum are large bulbous perennials with heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers resembling lilies, followed by erect oblong seed capsules.
C. giganteum is a perennial to 2m in height, with leaves to 30cm across, and terminal racemes of fragrant, trumpet-shaped white flowers marked with purple inside the trumpet. It grows best in moist but well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. It is monocarpic, the bulbs dying after flowering. It can be propagated from seed or from bulbous offsets; from seed it can take up to 7 years to flower.
Thanks to Maggie Gowland for photographs.