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Cyrtanthus purpureus

Scarborough lily

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBright red
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Cyrtanthus purpureus (Scarborough lily). This species is a deciduous perennial clump, the leaves are strap-shaped and medium green. The flowers are bright red blooms in the late summer.

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, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

When grown under glass use a loam-based compost in full light, they will need shelter from the hot sun. When grown outdoors plant in moderately fertile humus-rich well-drained soil in full sun.

Propagation

Sow the seeds when they are ripe, remove the offsets in the spring.

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