Ifafa lily ideal container plant
The Ifafa lily (Cyrtanthus mackenii) is a wonderful container plant for the shade. Cyrtanthus is a genus of about 60 species of which 50 are found in South Africa.
In nature they are found in a variety of habitats ranging from forests to coastal dunes. They also grow in the Drakensberg mountain of KwaZulu-Natal. The genus name Cyrtanthus refers to the curved flower tube of many of the species and comes from the Greek kyrtos (curved) and anthos (flower).
The Ifafa lily is a charming, sweetly scented plant about 40cm tall that is easy to grow and very rewarding. Plant in light shade, ideally with morning sun and afternoon shade, in compost-enriched but well-drained soil and provide regular watering. The flowers are long and narrow with re-curved tips and narrow lance-shaped leaves. They have a long flowering period and make good cut flowers for the vase. Leave undisturbed to form large clumps for at least 5 years or until flowering diminishes. Watch out for the dreaded lily borer which can be a problem in summer and should be treated with a carbaryl-based insecticide. The nursery at the Garden Route Botanical Garden stocks a wide range of indigenous trees and plants and is situated at 49 Caledon Street in George. The nursery is open daily from 08:30 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 13:00 every Saturday morning. For enquiries contact Fadia on 044 874 1558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ifafa lily can be bought from the Garden Route Botanical Garden’s nursery, where a variety of indigenous plants are sold to help fund the garden’s activities.