Chinese Lantern Lily (Christmas Bells, Sandersonia)
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.
|Common Name||Chinese Lantern Lily (Christmas Bells, Sandersonia)|
|Botanical Name||Sandersonia aurantiaca|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||20-30" tall|
|Bulb Size||#1 Clump|
|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|
|Ideal Region||Coastal California, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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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