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Chinese Lantern Lily (Sandersonia)

Sandersonia aurantiaca
SKU: HC008720
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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.

key features
Botanical Name
Sandersonia aurantiaca
Growing Zones
Zone 9, Zone 10
Easy To Grow, Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Container Planting
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
20-30" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


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.