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Cyrtanthus mackenii

Ifafa lily

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height0.15m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourYellow, cream
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Cyrtanthus mackenii (Ifafa lily). A species from eastern Cape Province has narrow leaves and flowering stems up to 40cm tall. The narrowly tubular flowers vary from white to yellow in colour and are about 5cm long, appearing in spring and summer. Popular and easy to grow.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Fire lily

Origin

South Africa

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

In frost free areas may flower for much of the year. Plant in spring.

Propagation

Seed or offsets in spring.

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