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Fire Lily

Cyrtanthus montanus

Also known as

Berglelie (Afr.), Vuurlelie

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

30cm

25cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Fire Lily Overview

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.

Common problems with Fire Lily

Generally trouble free.

    How to harvest Fire Lily

    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.

    How to propagate Fire Lily

    Division

    Produces bulblets at the base of the bulb.

    Seed

    The seeds are black, flattened and somewhat winged.

    Special features of Fire Lily

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers attract butterflies.

    Drought resistant

    The plant goes dormant in the dry season.

    Pot plant