Sunday, June 5, 2011

Today's Flowers- Tropical Lilies

Now tha the monsoons have arrived, my garden is full of flowers, many of them tropical lilies. The one above is the Milk-and-Wine lily Crinum zeylanicum. It is called Sudarshan in India, which means 'Good looking.' Like all native Indian plants, parts of this plant is used in Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine.
Rain lilies Zephyranthes rosea are having a field day now, popping their heads up from all sorts of nooks and crannies.
The Spider lily Hymenocallis littoralis was a favourite of the British when they were here 70 years ago. You can see these planted in old parks, which are still doing fine. This flower is said to have been the inspiration for the tower in Dubai- the Burj Dubai.
The purple Crinum lily has big, scented flowers. The stalk is tall- more than 5 feet.
The Football lily Haemanthus multiflorus is suddenly appearing in unexpected places in the garden. I wonder how they got there!
My thanks to Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Sandy Carlson for hosting Today's Flowers.
Thanks for inviting me to be a guest host, but I don't know how to send pictures to you :(


  1. What an incredible variety of beautiful flowers you have! What a delight! I love the delicate, fragile looking blossoms! Thank you for sharing them with us!


  2. Your flowers are beautiful, I love all of them especially the lilies.

  3. Gorgeous! All of them! That Spider lily is spectacular! No wonder it gave that kind of inspiration to one of the most amazing buildings in Dubai.

    My pink rain lilies are yet to bloom but a few white ones are blooming. Also love the Football lily.

    Have a great Sunday!!

  4. How lovely! This is a wonderful variety of pretty blooms. Thank you for sharing them with Today's Flowers.

  5. I had no idea that there was such a variety of lilies! These photos are beautiful and fascinating!

  6. they're beautiful. my grandmother used to say that flowers are laughing and nodding when it rains.:p rain lilies were our glamorous nails when we were kids. we also have spider lilies in the parks here, and along the streets.

    Today's Flowers

  7. All your lilies are interesting, but I find the football lily most remarkable. I have a young plant in my backyard, and can't wait to see the bloom!

  8. The rain lily and spider lily are commonly grown here, plenty of them in my neighbourhood.

  9. Pretty Bloom! I never seen a football lily before!

  10. So lovely to see all the flowers that I cannot grow blooming in your garden. Thanks.

  11. Hi Lotusleaf....
    i have just started blogging myself...well..nothing much your crinum lily is budding....n i m impatiently waiting for the buds to turn into flowers and finally bloom...for i love the exquisitely strong fragrance they emit.... nml

  12. All of these are beautiful, though I particularly love the purple-striped crinum.

  13. Any idea how to make Rain Lily bloom. I have bulbs growing in the ground under a tree for many years but they are not prolific bloomers. Water supply is good.

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