A pretty flower to grow -lily-like trumpets about 2 in. across borne in loose clusters on top of leafy. It is, however, quite a challenge because it is so temperamental – sometimes does not grow at all in the first year after planting and it may take three years before it is fully established. To ensure success, buy the specimen in a pot or and plant carefully in deep, sandy soil which has been enriched with . Cut blooms are long-lasting in water.
VARIETIES: A. aurantiaca bears yellow or orangein which the two upper petals are attractively streaked in red. Height 3 ft. Spacing 1.5 ft. (lowering period June-August. There are several named varieties, such as ‘Lutea’ (yellow), ‘Orange King’ (orange) and ‘Dover Orange’ (orange-red). A. ‘Ligtu Hybrids’ are shorter growing (2 ft) and offer a wider range of colours – white, pink and red as well as yellow and orange.
SITE AND SOIL: Thrives in fertile sandy soil – requires a sunny sheltered spot.
PROPAGATION: Sowunder glass in spring. Only divide up clumps when they have outgrown their allotted space.