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Common Name: Fire Lily
Cyrtanthus breviflorus is a Evergreen Bulb up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Small streams, wet grassland or marshy slopes, to 3000 metres [
Easily grown in a moist soil[
]. Requires a free-draining light soil in full sun[
This species is not very hardy in Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to about -5° if it is growing in a warm sheltered position in a well-drained soil[
]. It is best given some protection over winter[
]. Plants are deciduous in colder climates[
It is best to keep the plants fairly dry when they are resting[
A very variable plant[
A food plant[
]. No more details are given.
Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe, otherwise in spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division of offsets after flowering.