Giant Himalayan Lily is a species of flowering plants belonging to the Lily plant family. Scientifically known as the Cardiocrinum giganteum, the plant is mainly found in the Himalayas and parts of China, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.
The name Cardiocrinum is derived from Greek which means ‘Heart Lily’. It was named as such due to the plant having heart shaped leaves.
Giant Himalayan Lily is often nicknamed ‘Queen’ or ‘King’ of the garden because of its tall height and relatively big flowers and leaves.
The plant was first scientifically described in 1824 by Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist.
It takes about 5-7 years for the plant to fully blossom after the seeds sprout.
The flowers of Giant Lily are usually white with red colored centers.
Some of these plants produce greenish flowers with purple colored centers.
These plants can reach up to to 3m in height.
Giant Lilies are usually grown on high altitudes, but many gardeners have successfully grown them at lower altitudes.
Each Giant Lily plant can grow up to 20 flowers.
Leaves of the plant can grow up to 30 cm in length.
It’s flowers are about 15-20 cm long.
As it’s native to the Himalayas, the plant can survive temperatures as low as -10°C.
The plant is used in some herbal pastes to cool and relieve pain caused by skin burns and other wounds.
Although as the name implies, the Giant Himalayan Lily is more suitable to grow in conditions like the Himalayas. But if provided with proper care and the required environmental conditions they can grow almost anywhere.