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Cyrtanthus sanguineus - Fire Lily

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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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 presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Cyrtanthus sanguineus.
 
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