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Chlidanthus fragrans is often confused with:
Narcissus A field of daffodils taken in Hurley Park, Salisbury, NC
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Alstroemeria Alstroemeria
Monarda punctata Monarda punctata in bloom in summer in Moore County
Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' bracts close
Chlidanthus fragrans has some common insect problems:
Slugs & Snails on Ornamental Plants
Slugs and Snails Found on Flowers and Foliage

Delicate Lily Chlidanthus fragrans

Phonetic Spelling
klid-AN-thus
Description

The genus Chlidanthus means 'delicate flower', while Fragrans refers to the flowers beautiful citrus-like scent.   

A long-lasting fragrant cut flower that prefers well-drained soil and the leaves appear after flowering. Space bulbs 4-6 inches apart or one per 6-inch pot. Cover to 1 inch.  With new bulbs keep the soil moist.  As temperatures rise, continue watering to maintain moist soil, while providing good drainage.  Too much water can cause the leaves to yellow.  Once winter arrives, discontinue all watering.  

Feeding should be done in the late spring as the plant begins to grow.  When planting or potting, position the bulb so that the top of the bulb is approximately 1" below the soil line.  

Division is the recommended method of propagation.  Spring is the optimum season for division, relocating the offsets a few inches apart.  Division can also be accomplished in the winter when the plant is in a dormant state.  Patience is required when propagating.  It can take up to 3 years for offsets to mature and 5 years for plants grown from seed.  

Tender II- injured below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C).  In locations that experience cooler/colder winter temperatures it is recommended that this plant go indoors in a bright sunny location.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Typically pest and disease free, slugs and snails can occasionally cause damage to this plant.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chlidanthus
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Peru to Bolivia
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Fragrance
    Bulb Storage:
    Store bulbs dry at 50 degrees F (10 degrees C)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Tubular shaped flowers are 3-4" long. The citrus scented flowers appear along the stalk in small clusters of 3 to 4 flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves appear after flowering, arising from the base. They are narrow and semi-upright.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The stems are narrow and leafless. Appearing in early spring, they are covered with clusters of flowers.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits