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Jacobean Lily, St James Lily, Aztec Lily
Scientific Name: Sprekelia formosissima Herb.
Synonym: Amaryllis formosissima
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Sprekeklia formosissima at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9,12-24,26-30
USDA: 9-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico

Growth Habits: Bulb, up to 12 inches tall (30 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water, rot easily if kept too wet, needs good drainage

Propagation: Offsets readily

Cultural Practices:
The bulbs can be lifted in the fall in areas where the soil temperature goes below 40 F (4 C) in winter. In warmer areas, plant in the fall, 3 to 4 inches deep (7-10 cm), 8 inches apart (20 cm).

Blooming Habits:
Blooms several times a year. The orchid looking flowers flowers are generally red, but other colors are available.

Fruiting Habits:

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