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A picture of a Aztec Lily

Aztec Lily

Sprekelia formosissima

Also known as

Jacobean Lily, Mexican Fire Lily, Orchid Lily, St James Lily, St James's Cross Lily

Sprekelia formosissima 1 by jjharrison89@facebook.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images

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Overview

Sprekelia formosissima is a bulbous flowering perennial in the Amaryllis family, from Central America. It is commonly cultivated as a houseplant and known by a range of common names including Aztec lily and St James lily. They produce tall spikes of solitary, red orchid-like flowers measuring 12cm across. Typical growing height is around 35cm high. These are held above glossy, narrow, strap-like leaves. In warmer climates, they can be grown outside.

Special Features

Attractive flowers