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Karoo Lily

Ammocharis coranica

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Simi Valley, California

Liberty, North Carolina

Toronto, Ontario

Houston, Texas

Ames Lake, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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... read more