A beauty with up to ten pendulous flowers in shades from cream, to pink, red and apricot. Each tubular bloom grows up to 6cm long, with a flared edge. The flowers open on an upright, red stem with a very bent ‘crook’ that turns downward sharply. These bulbs are flowering size, but they do sulk when moved so may need some time to settle in and look their best.
The long, arching, curved foliage is dormant over the cold of winter. The bright green leaves grows to 25cm. The new leaves begin their growth in mid spring and are quickly joined by the blooms.
Best grown in a sunny spot, with afternoon protection, in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. In pots use a good quality potting mix. In the garden plant twice as deep as the bulb is high. In pots plant Cyrtanthus so the neck of the bulb is at or just above the soil level. Water in, then only if rainfall is low during active growth. Keep relatively dry over winter dormancy. In pots water freely in warm weather – potting mix is perfectly drained and dries out quickly.
Cyrtanthus is derived from the Greek, kyrtos for curved and anthos for flower. Falcatus is from the Latin for curved or sickle shaped.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade