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Chandelier Lily

Brunsvigia orientalis

Also known as

Candelabra Flower, King Candelabra, Chandelier Plant, Sore-Eye Flower

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Chandelier Lily Overview

The Chandelier lily is a low-maintenance, indigenous plant whose flowers bloom in huge flower clusters in late summer before the leaves sprout. The pink to bright scarlet blooms attract a multitude of birds including sugar birds. Chandelier lilies are fairly drought resistant, making them a beautiful addition to any water-wise garden.

Common problems with Chandelier Lily

These plants have are toxic to moles and mole rats and suffer very few other problems.

    How to harvest Chandelier Lily

    Harvest the seeds from the dry flower stalks before they snap off. The seeds are fleshy, with a very short viability period, and germinate immediately. Seeds may even germinate while still on the flowerhead, so sow seeds as soon as possible. Flowers can also be harvested and used for flower arrangements.

    How to propagate Chandelier Lily


    Sow seeds shallowly in deep seed trays in a well-drained sandy medium so that the top of the seed stays visible. Water well once and then again after the first leaves form. Replant after 2 years.


    The bulb will make little bulblets that can be separated and planted on its own.


    Make cuttings from the base plate just before the growing season start. Make sure a few roots are attached to form a new bulb.

    Special features of Chandelier Lily

    Drought resistant

    Rest during the dry period of the year underground in the form of a large bulb. Plant away from irrigation in Winter rainfall area and rather in pots in wet summer areas.

    Attracts birds

    Attracts various birds, including sunbirds, who pollinate the flowers.

    Pot plant

    Keep dry until leaves start to show. Water weekly during growing season and stop as soon as leaves die back. Flower emerge during dry season.

    Attracts bees

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