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11/09/2012 at 01:02

While walking around Holehird Gardens on Sunday I came across these two humongous plants, with humongous seeds. Now, one of the many things I love about Holehird is that every plant is labeled and really clearly labeled, everything apart from these (as far as I could see).

Does anyone have any idea what they are? They were in an area that was mainly planted with Primulas...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8462/7974492971_d8be1aaae8_z.jpg

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/7974496965_59b2f39022_z.jpg

 I'd love to know what they are, as they just look so exotic and alien.

*edited to add, the label that you can see says 'Primula poissonii' and I definitely don't think it's one of those.

11/09/2012 at 18:26
How tall was it?
11/09/2012 at 18:45

I estimate it to have been between 7 and 8 feet tall (between 2 and 2.5 metres). Though that is a rough estimation...

11/09/2012 at 20:51

It does look very similar to Cardiocrinum giganteum to me.

11/09/2012 at 20:59

I'm with you Berghill, that's why I wanted to confirm the height. Saw some at Dunham Massey earlier in the year. Spectacular when in flower (every 14 years?).

11/09/2012 at 21:00

By the way, Holehird is a great garden, lovely in the spring, but I ha heir driveway!

11/09/2012 at 21:06

I've just google Cardiocrinum giganteum and it makes me wish I'd visited earlier in the year! Thank you both for your help.

12/09/2012 at 08:19

14 years is stretching it a bit, they take about 7 years from seed and once they are established, the offsets will flower once the main bulb has finished, so giving a continuous display.

For me the ones at Dunham Massey were covered in Lily beetles and very badly damaged. Mind that was a couple of years ago, so they may have managed to keep the plants clean since then. Hope so.

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