William Aiton, 1789
Southern South Africa
Grit - Mix
Yellow - Orange - Red -
Knysna Lily, Giant Fire Lily,
Giant Cyrtanthus, Oblique Leaved Cyrtanthus, Sore-Eye Flower
Crinum obliquum, Carl Linnaeus Jr, 1782.
Timmia obliqua, J.F.Gmel. 1791.
Amaryllis pendula, Salisb.
Amaryllis umbella, L'Hér.
Cyrtanthus varius, M.Roem.
Loxanthes pendula, Salisb.
This member of the Amaryllidaceae family
was given this name by William Aiton in 1789. It is found from KwaZulu-Natal to the
Eastern Cape, South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
lots of sun. The bulb can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are from yellow over orange and red to
The genera name from Greek;
Kyrtos; 'curved' and Greek; anthos; 'flower' for the
curved flower tube. The species name obliquus means 'slanting or
sideways' and possibly refers to the way the leaves emerge from the