Chinese Lantern Lily (Christmas Bells, Sandersonia)

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.

Zones 9 - 10
Easy to Grow
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good for Containers
Good for Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 20-30" tall
Bulb Spacing3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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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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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.

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Common Name
Chinese Lantern Lily (Christmas Bells, Sandersonia)
Botanical Name
Sandersonia aurantiaca
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
9, 10
Flower Color
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Bloom Time
Late Spring - Early Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
30 inches
Mature Height
20-30" tall
Bulb Spacing
3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth
Plant 2-3" deep
Ideal Region
Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Easy to Grow, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good for Containers, Good for Cut Flowers
Additional Information
Hardy in zones 9-10
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
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.
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