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Accrington Observer - - LEISURE -

Car­diocrinum gi­gan­teum

THE Gi­ant Hi­malayan is the largest of all lilies and cer­tainly the most spec­tac­u­lar when in flower, which is usu­ally around now.

It’s a bul­bous peren­nial and is best bought and planted in spring as a pre-pot­ted bulb.

You will need to be pa­tient as it can take a few years to build up and flower, but it is def­i­nitely worth the wait. They can reach up to 3.5 me­tres, and from be­low you can ad­mire the masses of large white trum­pet blooms which emit a de­li­cious vanilla fra­grance.

This show­stop­per is best grown in hu­mus-rich soil with a lit­tle shade – ide­ally a wood­land-type set­ting to give pro­tec­tion from the wind and scorch­ing sun.

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