Fire Lily

Cyrtanthus montanus

Berglelie (Afr.), Vuurlelie

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Cyrtanthus montanus is a flowering bulbous plant, reaching 25 cm in height. Leaves and flowers in summer The flowers are coral red. The plant naturally occurs in rock crevices on the upper mountain slopes of the Baviaanskloof. This species of Cyrtanthus is a threatened species in nature.
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Planning

Difficulty

Advanced

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Flowers are usually not harvested although they are beautiful, but the seed can be harvested. Once the seed capsule is dried and just the top has opened, gently pick the capsule. Split the capsule open gently as the seeds are very soft.

Propagation

Division

Produces bulblets at the base of the bulb.

Seed

The seeds are black, flattened and somewhat winged.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

The flowers attract butterflies.

Drought resistant

The plant goes dormant in the dry season.

Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Southern Africa, Eastern Cape, Baviaanskloof Mountains.

Natural climate

Hot Interior

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Red

Scent

None

Problems

Generally trouble free.
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