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Shepherd's Crook

Cyrtanthus falcatus

Also known as

Fire Lily, Falcate Fire Lily

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Shepherd's Crook Overview

This species is known as one of the largest of the genera. This plant is characterised by it’s one of a kind flower stem that resembles a shepherd's crook. It turns 180 degrees at the point where the flower emerges and droops towards the ground. It’s a beautiful specimen that is easy to grow and should be a feature plant in every garden.

Common problems with Shepherd's Crook

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

    How to harvest Shepherd's Crook

    Harvest the flower stems in late spring and early summer.

    How to propagate Shepherd's Crook


    Sow seeds when ripe in seed trays with a well-drained potting medium or river sand. Germination should take place within 3-4 weeks. Keep seedlings in seed trays for at least 2 growing seasons.


    Divide offsets during dormant months, just before new growth emerges. When replanting bulbs, at least a third of the bulb as well as the entire neck should show above the ground.

    Special features of Shepherd's Crook

    Attracts birds

    Nectar drinking sunbirds love to visit the flowers.

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees, butterflies and moths often visit the flowers.

    Pot plant

    Preferrably planted in hanging baskets or containers that are 30-35 cm in diameter.

    Attractive flowers

    The beautiful pendant flowers are produced on a tall flower stalk. It turns 180 degrees at the point where the flower emerges from the stem and droops towards the ground. The outside of the flower is a pale yellowish-green with red margins. The inner petals are brownish-maroon in colour.

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