How to grow the fleur de lis

Sprekelia formosissima

Have you ever seen such a beautiful flower? Its beauty is such that there have been several people who thought that it was simply a drawing made by a painter. But the truth is that, fortunately for us, it is a real plantwhich will surely make more than one fall in love … or am I wrong?

Let’s see how to grow the fleur de lisand be able to enjoy its beauty every season.


It is known by the botanical name of Sprekelia formosissimaand is originally from Mexico. It grows to a height of between 20 and 50cm; characteristic that makes it a excellent potted plant -both indoors and outdoors- or to have in small garden plots. In addition, it is one of the most sought after bulbous among collectors for its extraordinary beauty.

It has a elegant red flower composed of six petalsand some linear green leaves. It requires simple maintenance; so much so that we will only have to put it in a location where it receives direct sun, use a substrate with a little perlite, water it two or three times a week and protect it from frost.


The most reliable reproduction method is by bulb division during the dormant period of the plant, which is situated in autumn and winter in the northern hemisphere. We will remove the plant from the pot, and remove all the soil that we can, until we see the bulbs. Next we will only have to separate them carefullyand plant them in individual pots or in the garden.

If you want to choose to sow the seeds, once the flower has been pollinated you will see that the petals will fall, exposing a drupe (like a capsule) of green color that will contain them. To sow them, you have to wait for the drupe to mature, turning dark brown. Collect the seeds, and sow them in a seedbed with peat and vermiculite in equal parts. In a very short time you will have new plants.

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How to grow the fleur de lis

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