It's a lily. Crinum jagus...
I don't remember where my first crinum came from - I probably saved it from an abandoned homesite. Crinums are an old-fashioned flower, found in the garden beds of many Florida homesteads.
Even now, I know of an abandoned homestead on Route 27 in North Clermont where several purple crinums continue to put on a showy display despite the lack of attention they've received for years. Whenever I pass it on the highway, I have a strong urge to pull over and dig up the bulbs.
The crinum by my house began blooming about a week ago. Because it's such a weighty flower, it has difficulty withstanding wind and rainstorm.
Below are some pictures I took of the blooms. Where I live, it's a fleeting flower, showy and beautiful but to be enjoyed for just a brief bit of time.
(Special thanks to Marty Whatley who correctly identified this crinum)
|Bending with the weight...|
|An explosion of white|
|Adding brightness to the landscape during daytime...|