Drakensberg Fire Lily

Cyrtanthus falcatus

Falcate Fire Lily

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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. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest the flower stems in late spring and early summer.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Division

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

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.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal

Natural climate

Temperate to Cold

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red, Green

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

Credits

profile iconCyrtanthus falcatus
by Graham Duncan, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, September 2004 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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