The Cardiocrinum giganteum is the dream of every botanist and the highlight of the Himalayan Flora. The impressive Giant Himalayan Lily reaches a height of more than 3 meters! On a stem, thicker than a hands grip, grow 12 to 20 fragrant trumpet lily-like flowers that are 20 cm long. The flowers are cream and have a dark red heart. The leaves are heart-shaped and with a length of 30 cm they can be called enormous. This bulb comes from the mountains of the Himalayas of China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India and Bhutan and grows at altitudes between 1500 and 2400 m. Around the year 1850 the first specimens were brought to London by Major Madden. The first recorded bloom in Europe was in 1852 . In the life of this giant the spectacular flowering is the climax. After flowering the main bulb will die, but do not worry, besides new (underground) bulbs, the Giant Himalayan Lily makes a lot seeds. The path of life from seed to bloom takes up to seven years, but from us you get mature bulbs that bloom within one or two years . Since this crop is not very easy to grow, the bulb can best be planted in the shade, for example between trees. The soil should be rich in humus and well drained. It is required to fertilize the bulb frequently. Because the bulb is planted shallow ( just below the surface ), it needs to be protected from frost. Beware of slugs and lily-beetles.