Chlorophytum, Sierra Leone Lily 'Fireflash'


Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Chlorophytum (kloh-roh-FY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireflash
Additional cultivar information:(aka Fire Flash)
Synonym:Chlorophytum orchidastrum
Synonym:Chlorophytum orchidantheroides
Synonym:Chlorophytum amaniense



Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:




6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Hayward, California

Reseda, California

San Jose, California

Stockton, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Hollywood, Florida(2 reports)

Lake Worth, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Miami, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Venice, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Manhattan, Kansas

Gonzales, Louisiana

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Alice, Texas

La Feria, Texas

Sterling, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 7, 2017, CocoMom from Potomac Falls, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Acquired Cholorphytum amaniense 'Mango Tango' as a houseplant from a local nursery because of it's unusual & striking cantaloupe melon coloring of the leaf stems.

Growing Media: It is thriving in a glazed ceramic container with a custom planting media of 40% organic potting soil, 30% fine virginia pine bark, & 30% Stalite PermaTill (TM) to assure optimal growing conditions with even moisture availability and good drainage.

Light: This relative of the 'Spider Plant' prefers indirect low light/shade conditions, making it a wonderful plant to consider in an office or interior room that doesn't get much light. The leaves will scorch if exposed to direct sun & too much light actually stunts it's growth.

Water: Because our tap water contains fluorid... read more


On Sep 3, 2016, nanad from Hurst, TX wrote:

I just bought this plant after having one for 3-4 yrs. The 1st one looks gnarly. I never knew what it was til I got this new one. My 1st one has never flowered & some part of it grows 3-4 in. tall black bristly cigar shaped pieces. Is that the seed pod? It is in bad shape. How can I fix it ? It has always been in a pot o/s, except in winter it's in our heated greenhouse. I live in north central Texas. Any help would be appreciated.
Sandy Davis


On Sep 2, 2011, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant was identified for me here at Dave's just moments ago - after the identification I did some more research and the blackening of the tips of the leaves has been attributed to watering with tap water. Seems like from now on I will be watering with caught rain water. The growers on line recommend flushing it with filtered water if one has been doing as I have and watering this plant from the hose... which is an easy fix for the blackening tips. It is a lovely plant!


On May 12, 2010, hankeat from Berlin,
Germany (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant with unusual colour and it's very easy to grow too. The germination of seeds is high.
First of all the comment of earthstarhunter regarding no orange colouring on the seedlings is misleading. I threw always all my seedlings after reading it. After that I found a blog that saying the seedlings only develope the orange colour, when they're 6 months old and about three inches across.

I hope my plant will flower and set pod again.


On Jul 23, 2009, earthstarhunter from Manhattan, KS wrote:

This is a fairly easy plant to grow but it does not like any sun to be near it. If exposed to bright light the leaves will develop brown freckles, it does well outside under a tree with deep shade in the warm months. Inside, it likes to be away from the window with no sun touching its leaves. It likes to be moist but is forgiving of a VERY short period of dryness.
The cats are not allowed into the plant room but since it doesn't have grass-like leaves they probably won't be trying to eat it.
The flowers are interesting but the seed pod is amazing. It seems every seed has germinated underneath the parent BUT none of them show any intention of developing orange coloring. So far the only way I have propagated it is by division.
I have had it for three years and it is... read more


On Feb 21, 2009, Buttoneer from Carlisle, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I keep mine in a greenhouse in partial shade like an african violet and no direct sunlight. I keep getting flowers & seeds but no seedlings. I keep on squeezing the seedpods to get the seeds out and on top of moist potting soil. Will try the paper towel method next. I love the plant. Out of one plant, I divided, I got six. Very happy with it.


On Nov 23, 2008, Calif_Sue from Northern California,
United States (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been growing this beautiful plant for a year now, indoors near a window with indirect bright light, it's done great and looks as good as when I first purchased it.


On Aug 6, 2008, LittleSheets from Racine, WI wrote:

Recently purchased one and had it potted at the nursery. Since bringing it home the leaves are beginning to become edced with black. It starts with the tip of the leaves turning black and dry and continues down both edges of the leaf. Can't find any reference to this on any material.


On Mar 3, 2006, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I tried to get two through the winter in pots on the porch with overhead protection.They made it, but don't look very good. I would say they are not hardy. Night temps of mid thirtys -fortys are more than they can take. They also seem to be deep shade plants outdoors. Not comparable to the common spider plants.
2009: It's still alive outdoors. Through the 07 cold and 09 almost as cold. Slugs have done damage-so not immune like it's cousin spider plant. Slow growing-but I haven't been on top of giving fresh soil I admit.


On Oct 23, 2004, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I recently purchased a plant labeled Chlorophytum "Mandarin Plant". When I googled it, it came up C. orchidanteoides, but it doesn't look much like these [and these don't seem to look much like each other]. Is there wide variation in this species?


On Aug 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just got one of these and trying to find hardiness information on it... one source says it can handle zone 9 OK, but another says it's tropical (it's from tropical Africa) and suffers when temps get into the 40s... hmmm. Guess I'll find out this winter. Fantastic looking plant! Rubbery leaves and incredible color.


On Feb 19, 2004, kniphofia from (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this plant. It's very fashionable right now and although it doesn't produce the runners that a green and white spider does it still produces flowers at the base of the plant. One plant I have has produced seedlings.

The coloring is wonderful, orange is my favorite color! The plant is easy to grow and develops best in good light.