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PlantFiles: Fire Lily
Cyrtanthus herrei

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cyrtanthus (ker-TAN-thus) (Info)
Species: herrei (HER-ray-eye) (Info)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive brunsvigiaken On May 24, 2010, brunsvigiaken from San Diego, CA wrote:

This Cyrtanthus is from the dry Northwest Cape region of South Africa. It must have good drainage and is somewhat drought tolerant. Leaves are dull blue-grey, strap-shaped and display an interesting twist if grown in the sun. They may slowly produce offsets. Unlike most Cyrtanthus, this one probably takes a little more water in winter but will take some all year long. Again, must have good drainage. Foliage is evergreen. Late summer/early fall blooming. Probably self-sterile, thus needs another to set seed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Newport Beach, California
San Diego, California

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