Cyrtanthus elatus

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Scarborough lily
Cyrtanthus elatus flowers.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Cyrtanthus
C. elatus
Binomial name
Cyrtanthus elatus
(Jacq.) Traub[1]

Many, including Vallota speciosa (L.f.) T.Durand & Schinz

Cyrtanthus elatus, the Scarborough lily, is a bulbous flowering plant which originates from the Cape Province of South Africa.[1] Other common names are fire lily and George lily.

Cultivars of the Scarborough lily have flowers which may be bright red, orange, yellow, or occasionally pink or white. The stems can grow to a height of 2 ft (0.61 m). They are relatively easy to grow in a warm, sheltered, frost-free spot. Alternatively, they can be grown under glass in pots. They require either full sun or slight shade. They flower in late summer or early autumn.

The Latin specific epithet elatus means “tall”.[2]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit[3] (confirmed 2017).[4]

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  1. ^ a b c World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2011-10-18, search for "Cyrtanthus elatus"
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.
  3. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Cyrtanthus elatus". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 27. Retrieved 5 February 2018.

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