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Products > Cyrtanthus sanguineus
 
Cyrtanthus sanguineus - Fire Lily

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: >32 F
Cyrtanthus sanguineus (Fire Lily) - This amaryllis relative is native to Eastern Cape Province coastal districts extending northwards through Natal to Tropical East Africa. Large, 3" wide, trumpet-shaped flowers rise 10" above the strap-shaped leaves. Brilliant orange-red blossoms droop down from clusters of umbels in summer. Foliage is rather sparse, only 2-4 leaves at any one time, measuring 14" long and 3" wide. Foliage emerges in spring from winter dormancy. Plant in full sun to light shade while providing a quick-draining soil. The bulb is rather large, up to 3" wide, for the genus of Cyrtanthus and is cold hardy to 32 F, possibly lower if protected. It was first described in 1848, two years after being presented to the London Horticultural Society. The scientific name is derived from the Greek 'kyrtos' (curved) and 'anthos' (flower) while the specific epithet 'sanguineous' is Latin for "blood red". The common name, Fire Lily, refers to the ability of these bulbs to tolerate and even flower immediately after wildfires.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Cyrtanthus sanguineus.
 
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