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.
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.
Produces bulblets at the base of the bulb.
The seeds are black, flattened and somewhat winged.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract butterflies.
The plant goes dormant in the dry season.
Southern Africa, Eastern Cape, Baviaanskloof Mountains.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Generally trouble free.