Deliciously scented, funnel-shapedof bright yellow make this a valuable plant to grow as a house plant. It also provides abundant colour in on the .
Chlidanthus fragrans originated in South America and is the only species of this genus.
Theare 8cm (3in) long and tube-shaped, with flaring, petal-like lobes. They grow on 15-25cm (6-10in) in length, before the 30cm (12in) long, strap-like appear.
In warmer areas Perfumed Fairy Lily can be grown outdoors but needs protection from frost in winter. Alternatively, bulbs should be lifted and stored in a cool place during the winter.
C. ehrenbergii is very similar to C. fragrans but slightly taller.
To create a bright splash of colour, plant five to nine bulbs together in a decorative bowl andin a sunny window or at the centre of a coffee table where the scent can be readily enjoyed. They would also look very effective placed in a fireplace in summer.
Through The Year
Plant the bulbs with the tops just exposed. Place in a bright. Give little water at first.
Increase the amount of water as plants develop but water moderately. Later, start to.
Plants will flower in June and July, then the leaves will appear.
Lift plants outside in danger from frost and place these and indoor plants in a cool spot. Do not water.
New plants can be produced by using the offsets that are freely produced by the mother plant. Carefully remove these whenthe bulbs in spring, and plant in a well-draining soil-based with added -mould and sharp sand. It will take 3-4 years before plants produce flowers.
Leaves yellow. This is due to overwatering.
Treatment: Water sparingly at first, then moderately as plants grow.
Plants don’t flower. The position may not be light enough, the plant may have been stored in too warm a place or watered during the rest period, or the bulbs may not have had enough food in the previous year.
Prevention: Take measures to avoid these causes.
This is a not a difficult plant to grow, but it needs the brightest possible position to flower.
- : Use a well-drained, soil-based mixture with leaf-mould and some coarse sand, and put a good layer of material in the bottom of the pot. Repot indoor plants in March or April.
- From April throughout the summer water moderately, allowing some drying out between applications. In winter keep dry.
- Feeding: Feed every two weeks in the growing season with a standard liquid fertilizer.
- Light: The plant likes the brightest possible position. Stand in a south-facing window or keep in a conservatory or sunroom until buds appear, then move if required.
- Temperature: This plant needs storing in a cool place in winter but don’t let the temperature fall below 5°-10°C (40°— 50°F).
The yellow, fragrant flowers of Perfumed Fairy Lily appear in June and July. Bulbs can be grown outdoors in warmer areas or planted in spring to flower indoors.
When to buy
- Perfumed Fairy Lily is available in spring from garden centres and nurseries. It you cannot find it locally, try specialist bulb growers.
- Choose bulbs that are firm to the touch. Avoid any that feel soft or are damaged.
- Given the right conditions, this plant will live for several years.