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Cyrtanthus falcatus AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Red in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

falcate fire lily

Family

Amaryllidaceae


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

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

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

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

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or remove offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free