Thursday, January 21, 2010

A plant commits suicide

This has nothing to do with the freeze...

Some time ago, one of my variegated crinum lilies stopped producing chlorophyll, resulting in all-white leaves. They got a viral infection, and the plant died.

Before it changed, it had produced several pups that I planted around the garden. The first two photos are of one of those mature pups. The third is of a healthy plant.

It must be some genetic trait, but it won't be passed on since I don't plan to take any more pups.


What a shame, though. It was so beautiful before it went downhill, a bit like a consumptive Victorian heroine!

8 comments:

debsgarden said...

It's a shame that the trait was deadly, as I like the ghostly appearance!

Penny McCrea said...

I agree. It looked stunning for a while.

Susan said...

I have never seen a variegated crinum...in someone's yard or a nursery. It's beautiful! What a loss. That crinum would be really stunning in the shade of an oak.

Penny McCrea said...

@Susan: They're quite common around here and seemed to have done quite well in the cold.They're also happy in full sun or partial shade. If you're in the Miami/Coral Gables area, I'll give you some; my healthy plants always have a few pups at the base.

Susan said...

Thanks, Penny for the offer to share your var. crinum babies. I'll take you up on it should I get down your way.

James Missier said...

It is still a beautiful plant, but why is it in the dense with the branches & twigs?

Penny McCrea said...

James: It's the angle of the photograph. It had plenty of room growing under a Brunfelsia nitida.

Online Nursery said...

Nice plant but its caption i think.crinum plants are super pretty. looks like an old heirloom.