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Cyrtanthus falcatus
  • RHS AGM

falcate fire lily

C. falcatus is a bulbous perennial to 30cm tall, with strap-shaped leaves and erect stems with one-sided terminal umbels of tubular funnel-shaped red flowers to 6cm long, in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Cyrtanthus are bulbous perennials forming a clump of strap-shaped leaves with erect stems each bearing an umbel of large tubular or funnel-shaped flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in humus-rich well-drained soil in warm frost-free area. Plant at twice the bulbs depth. Grow under glass in loam-based potting compost with added leafmould and sand in bright filtered light but not direct sun. Plant with the neck of bulb at soil level

Propagation

Propagate by seed or remove offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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