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PlantFiles: Karoo Lily
Ammocharis coranica

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ammocharis (am-oh-KAIR-iss) (Info)
Species: coranica

10 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Zoolake On Jul 3, 2013, Zoolake from Liberty, NC wrote:

We have grown these outside for a number of years in zone 7b with over fifty bulbs in this one bed.
They bloom early summer and again in the fall here in North Carolina.
From seed they take from five to eight years to bloom.
We grow them in raised beds with well drained soil planted about four-six inches deep.
Produce many seeds when conditions are correct and can be started outside just as you would a crinum seed.

Positive dmj1218 On Nov 2, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows and blooms just like a Crinum here in the Southern USA--recommended for zones 9-10--has shorter stockier scapes than a Crinum and does bloom in pink. Like Wallaby, I am evaluating this plant for its desirablility in the typical southern garden setting. It is quite stunning in pictures when blooming!

Neutral wallaby1 On Oct 19, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Given neutral only because I have not as yet had time to evaluate this plant.

I am very impressed by it's eagerness to grow, the seed is said to germinate easily. The seeds already had roots when received, and once placed on the surface of compost, as one would do with crinum seeds, half of the seeds had made a small first leaf within a few hours of being placed in a propogator.

In it's natural habitat, the dry elevated Karoo plains of Southern Africa, it grows at altitudes between 700-1500 metres in small pockets or on flats which are seasonally wet.

It does tolerate severe drought for lengthy periods, and growth and flowering is triggered by seasonal rains, normally starting in spring, but it can remain dormant if conditions are not correct.

Flowering can be erratic, the conditions for flowering seem to be uncertain but it can flower after fire, this is not necessarily a requirement, and it will take several years from seed to flower. I have read it can only be reproduced from seed, which are produced abundantly when it flowers.

Flowers are pink, darkening with age, and strongly scented. Several flowers resembling a Nerine make up a ball of flowers on a single stem.


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

Simi Valley, California
Liberty, North Carolina
Toronto, Ontario
Houston, Texas

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