Sandersonia aurantiaca

Christmas Bells

 
 

Chinese Lantern Lily/Christmas Bells (Sandersonia aurantiaca) have eye-catching blooms that add a touch of whimsy to a late spring/early summer garden. Orange/yellow delicate flowers cover the plant with thimble-sized bells, highlighting other colors in the garden with its harmonious nature. Easy-to-grow and deer resistant, they make great cut flowers, lasting up to three weeks. Hardy in zones 9-10, grow as an annual in colder areas.


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Zones 9 - 10
Advantages
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Bulb Spacing3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Bag of 1
SKU HSBK101

Details

20-30" tall. Chinese Lantern Lily or Christmas Bells(Sandersonia aurantiaca) is unrivaled at creating a second look with its nodding bright tangerine-orange colored lanterns. Flowering in late spring to early summer, Sandersonia aurantiaca are unique plants are native to South Africa and will bloom on Christmas there, giving it its other common name. A unique cut flower, it will last up to three weeks in a vase of water.

Plant one between perennials for an unrivaled combination. The stems are wispy, so planting with perennials will help support them. Growing to 20-30 inches, they are a knockout planted with our late spring blooming Lavenders such as ‘Pastor’s Pride’ and ‘Royal Velvet’. Hardy in zones 9-10, grow as an annual in colder areas.

SKU HSBK101
Common Name Christmas Bells
Botanical Name Sandersonia aurantiaca
Zones 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 20-30" tall
Bulb Spacing 3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 2-3" deep
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Additional Information Hardy in zones 9-10
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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