Cyrtanthus elatus

Dr Paul Chapman
Fri, 17 Dec 2004 13:52:03 PST
Matt and all,

I suspect that what you have got is a Cyrtanthus elatus x falcatus, or C.
falcatus x elatus hybrid.

I purchased one of these from the Huntington symposium, but it has not yet
reached flowering size.  However, I do have 8 of these hybrids which I
acquired from Frank Holford about 5 or 6 years ago.  For me in the UK they
always flower in the first 2 weeks of November - I have tried all sorts of
tricks to try and delay the flowering until Christmas, but with no success -
I think they would make a beautiful pot plant for Christmas.

The ones I own have inherited the evergreen leaves from C. elatus, together
with the vermilion flower colour.  From C. falcatus (which is winter dormant
here in zone 9a, and normally flowers before the leaves in early March) they
have inherited the pendant flowers which, in the cultivars I have got, are
about 8cm (3") long, and open out to about 3cm (1") across the face of the
flower.  There are 8-10 flowers per scape.  Unfortunately, despite my best
efforts, they all seem to be infertile.


Dr Paul Chapman, Wallington, Surrey, UK
South London commuter belt suburbia - zone 9a, where the first snowdrops
(Galanthus "Yvonne Hay") will be in flower just in time for Christmas

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matt Mattus" <>
> At the bulb auction, I bid on a number of seedling bulbs of Cyrtanthus,
> we're labled Cyrtanthus elatus hybrids.

> At first, I was thrilled because I expected them to look like C. elatus
> instead, the blossoms are dangling,bright red, and really quite stunning,

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