For over a decade we called one of our lily plants – ‘Candy lily’. We named it after the red and white striped candy canes. Today we found out that it is not a Candy lily but a Crinum lily (species – Crinum zeylanicum).
Happy Father’s Day to my brother Leighton and also to my step-father William Edwards.
This type of Crinum lily is also called the Milk and Wine lily and the Pink-striped trumpet lily. They are easy to grow and care. Their blossoms have stripes that are alternately wine pink and white, and they are fragrant. They start blooming from May and continue all summer. The Milk and Wine lily may have up to five blossoms at a time.
I understand that the Milk and Wine lily is used as a febrifuge (i.e. as medication to reduce fever) and as an analgesic to relieve pain. It is also used for skin disorders and inflammations. They also crush and toast the bulbs for application to piles and abscesses to cause suppuration.