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Fire lilly

Cyrtanthus montanus

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Cyrtanthus montanus is a flowering bulbous plant, reaching 25cm 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.

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.

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa, Eastern Cape, Baviaanskloof Mountains.
Natural climate
Hot Interior

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Coral red
Scent
None

Problems

Generally trouble free.

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