Cyrtanthus elatus

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

Many, including Vallota speciosa (L.f.) T.Durand & Schinz[1]

Cyrtanthus elatus (many previous synonyms including Vallota speciosa), the Scarborough lily, is a bulbous flowering plant which originates from the Cape Province of South Africa.[1] Other common names are fire lily or George lily.

Cultivated varieties 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 up to 2 feet. They are relatively easy to grow, and can be grown in pots. They require either full sun or slight shade. They flower in late summer or early fall.[citation needed]


  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"

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