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Cyrtanthus sanguineus - Fire Lily

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
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.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cyrtanthus sanguineus.
 
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