Cyrtanthus breviflorus - Evergreen

10 bulbs per pack


Stock: 2

Availability: Pre-order from February to May
Deliveries: Delivery from mid March to end May
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How to plant, care for and grow Cyrtanthus

Family Amaryllidaceae
Name derived from Greek Kyrtos meaning curved and anthos meaning flower
Common names Scarborough lily, fire lily, Ifafa lily, George lily, Knysna lily
Sun Exposure C. falcatus: Semi-shade

C. galpinii: Full sun

C. elatus: Full sun and semi-shade

C. mackenii: Semi-shade

C. obliquus: Full sun

Flower Colours From bright red or rose to orange, yellow or cream
Frost Tolerance Low, should be protected by mulching


Cyrtanthus is a true bulb and is originally from South Africa and Swaziland. There are 60 different species including:

  • Summer-growing species such as falcatus which flowers in early summer and C. galpinii which flowers in winter.
  • Evergreen species such as elatus which has pink to deep red and seldom white flowers; C. mackenii which flowers freely and smells sweet and C. obliquus which offers twisted leaves that spiral.

At maturity the different species will be different lengths as follows:

  • C. falcatus: 20-30cm
  • C. galpinii: 12-20cm
  • C. elatus: 25-45cm
  • C. mackenii: 25-40cm
  • C. obliquus: 35-60cm

Seasons and planting

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
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Cyrtanthus require well-draining sandy soil with some compost and are grown best in a pot or in a rockery. The spacing between the bulbs should be 5cm and the lowest temperature is 5°C for C. galpinii and 0°C for the other species. They should be kept completely dry during dormant periods and it is recommended to only lift the bulbs during this season if there are no alternatives.


Can be propagated with seeds sown when ripe or by offsets.


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