Aztec Lily


The highlights of the Aztec lily are its spectacular bold red petals and bright green strap-like foliage. Not true lilies, Aztec Lilies (Sprekelia formosissima) belong to the Amaryllis family. Native to Mexico, they love heat. Spring blooming and may re-bloom. Makes a lovely container plant. Cold hardy in zones 8-10. 6-12" tall.

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Zones 8 - 10
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Good for Containers
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Pest / Disease Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Bulb Spacing5 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Early to late summer
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Size Bag of 1 - Bulb Size: 16-18 cm


6-12" tall. Bold red blooms and bright green strap-like foliage are highlights of the Aztec lily. With spectacular blooms, they make a lovely container plant. Spring blooming and may re-bloom. Cold hardy in zones 8-10.
Common Name Aztec Lily
Botanical Name Sprekelia formosissima
Zones 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 6-12" tall
Bulb Size 16-18 cm
Bulb Spacing 5 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant bulbs 2" to 3" deep
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Advantages Deer Resistant, Good for Containers, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Pest / Disease Resistant
Additional Information Can be grown as annuals in zones 3-7. Hardy in zones 8–10.
Ideal Region Southeast, Southwest, West
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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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.

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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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