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Cyrtanthus mackenii

Ifafa Lilly

Used as a protective charm.

Plant Type:

General Size: small

Flowering Time: winter

Flowering Colour: orange | pink | white | yellow

Specifications: deciduous | fast growing | flowers for the vase | frost resistant | semi shade | sun | townhouse gardens

Description

This deciduous groundcover is frost resistant and fast growing. It was first discovered on the banks of the Ifafa River near Port Shepstone, hence the common name.It is very versatile as it grows in the sun or semi-shade and prefers a moist environment. However don’t over water when they have died down in the winter. There are various colour forms pink , white, yellow or orange flowers that occur in winter. It is traditionally used as a protective charm. It is lovely in small gardens so plant it in a spot where you will enjoy the flowers in winter. Would be lovely in a pot and the flowers are long lasting in a vase. The name is derived from Greek ‘kyrtoma’=curved and ‘kanthos’= flower referring to the curved, tubular flower.