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Chlidanthus fragrans

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chlidanthus (klid-an-thuss) (Info)
Species: fragrans (FRAY-granz) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dmj1218 On Apr 22, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very fragrant--probably one of the most fragrant bulbs I have encountered--and I grow a few bulbs. Bury these guys deep to get them to rebloom--keep mulched in winter, can't handle freezes if unprotected and shallowly buried. They also like it dry in winter and are Native to Southern Peru.


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

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Corpus Christi, Texas
Houston, Texas

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