Scarborough Lily

Cyrtanthus elatus by Ron KindigCyrtanthus elatus by Ron KindigCyrtanthus elatus: Commonly known as the scarborough lily or the George lily, this is in the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae). This perennial (from a bulb) is native to South Africa and can be seen in beds ‘A’, ‘E’ and ‘J’ in the Preview Garden. Its leaves grow from 1 to 2 feet with higher flower stalks. It has bright red-orange to salmon (occasionally white) flowers from the summer to the fall and its leaves are evergreen and glossy green. It is used as a border, in bulb beds, as an accent and in containers. It should be planted in well-drained and enriched soil. It should be planted in some shade and requires regular watering except when in its dormant stage in winter and spring. Do no let then dry out. It is frost sensitive. The bulbs can be separated from the main bulb to spread the plant. Its name comes from the Greek kyrtos meaning curved and anthos meaning flower. Some species of Cyrtanthus bloom only after fires. It is hardy to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.


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