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Posted by Floral_Artistry z10 L.A., CA ( on
Tue, Mar 18, 03 at 11:29

I have tried other lists and I never get any responses. Is there anyone out there growing any Cyrtanthus other than the vallota (C. elatus)?
I have a few species that I would like to talk about but no one talks to me about them. I know others have them as I have seen their photos.
One of my C. falcatus bloomed several weeks ago and I am hoping that the obliquus and other spp. will follow suit very soon.
I have a HUGE amount of mackenii x brachy. type hybrids that are quite prolific and have reseeded themselves in nearby pots. What a lovely thing. Anyone out there growing any? I would love to hear from you.
John Ingram

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RE: Cyrtanthus

Hi John,

I do have several of the C.mackenii hybrids, as well as a bright yellow species, probably C.flanaganii, and C.sanguineus. I love them, they make wonderful garden plants, and, I could imagine, wonderful pot plants, too!
There are many more very desirable species of Cyrthanthus, I just haven't got around to search for them yet.
C.falcatus is beautiful, that one is on my wish list, too!


RE: Cyrtanthus

I was growing these for a number of years in pots, with great results. Mine had burnt orange colored flowers, and were the one flower that no one could identify. Alas, I have since lost them to a cold wet summer, and am looking to replace them.

On a happier note, there are other South African bulbs that I can and do grow - it just seems that no one here is interested in talking about any of them

Joe 'you never know' DeRosa

RE: Cyrtanthus

I have some mackenii in a pot in addition to 3 cultivars of elatus. RJ

RE: Cyrtanthus

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Tue, Jan 13, 04 at 1:43

I don't usually do as well with the evergreen South African summer rainfall area bulbs, at least I don't seem to have the proper watering regimen down to keep Cyrtanthus mackenii alive for more than a year. The same way that I don't seem to be quite in tune with Nerine sarniensis as compared to Nerine bowdenii, which is rediculously easy. I have a Scilla natalensis in a pot, which grows and blooms but does not increase in size or quantity. I suspect they need slightly dryer winters and more watering and fertilizing in summer than they get from me. I wish I had the luxury of Cyrtanthus reseeding itself around in the garden, only Lapeirousia laxa does than in my garden.

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