Also known as
King Candelabra, Chandelier Lily, Chandelier Plant, Sore-Eye Flower, Ajuinbol, Koningskandelaarblom, Kandelaarblom, Kandelaarlelie, Lantanter, Maartblom, Marsblom, Perdespookbossie, Rolbos, Seeroogblom, Tanteletant (Afr.)
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This plant has no fragrance
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Candelabra Flower Overview
The Chandelier lily is a low-maintenance, indigenous plant whose flowers bloom in huge flower clusters in late summer before the leaves sprout. The pink to bright scarlet blooms attract a multitude of birds including sugar birds. Chandelier lilies are fairly drought resistant, making them a beautiful addition to any water-wise garden. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
Common problems with Candelabra Flower
These plants have are toxic to moles and mole rats and suffer very few other problems.
How to harvest Candelabra Flower
Harvest the seeds from the dry flower stalks before they snap off. The seeds are fleshy, with a very short viability period, and germinate immediately. Seeds may even germinate while still on the flowerhead, so sow seeds as soon as possible. Flowers can also be harvested and used for flower arrangements.
How to propagate Candelabra Flower
Sow seeds shallowly in deep seed trays in a well-drained sandy medium so that the top of the seed stays visible. Water well once and then again after the first leaves form. Replant after 2 years.
The bulb will make little bulblets that can be separated and planted on its own.
Make cuttings from the base plate just before the growing season start. Make sure a few roots are attached to form a new bulb.
Special features of Candelabra Flower
Rest during the dry period of the year underground in the form of a large bulb. Plant away from irrigation in Winter rainfall area and rather in pots in wet summer areas.
Attracts various birds, including sunbirds, who pollinate the flowers.
Keep dry until leaves start to show. Water weekly during growing season and stop as soon as leaves die back. Flower emerge during dry season.