Sandersonia aurantica - December 2018 Plant of the Month
Sandersonia aurantica is a rhizomatous perennial plant genus native to South Africa and Swaziland.
This one species bulb can be a small twiner which with support can grow to 30-50 cm. It is known as Christmas bells, golden lily of the valley or Chinese lantern lily or Chinese lantern bulb.
Requires good free draining hummus soil. It will grow in sun to semi shade, but not excessive heat. Planted in spring, it spreads slowly, and can be kept beautifully in pots. Will die down in Winter. They are slow to start off the first few years but will pick up speed with each new season. Once they are large enough they can be divided to create more plants.