Sharing plants is an especially strong tradition in the South, whether you trade with your next door neighbor or attend an organized plant swap. These plants are our favorite to hand down from generation to generation.
Tough as a mule, big as imagination, pretty as a summer dress, eternal as the sky. Those words describe crinum lilies—also called hot country lilies. Forever, it seems, Southerners have cultivated, swapped, and rhapsodized about these bulbs, according them nearly legendary status. Yet, today, few people know anything about them.