Sprekelia is easy to grow and prefers full sun, well-drained, rich, and dry conditions during winter. It is drought-tolerant but performs best with consistent moisture during its active growth period.
More Information About Sprekelia
Sprekelia is a small genus of 2 exotic Mexican and Central American amaryllid species that are close relatives of zephyranthes, habranthus, and rhodophiala. Sprekelia grows to about 1ft (30cm) tall and produces large, scarlet-red, 5in (13cm) diameter flowers with narrow petals during the late spring and summer. The only species that is grown widely in gardens is the relatively large flowered S. formosissima. The other species, S. howardii, is much less winter-hardy, is smaller, has narrower petals, and is relegated to rare plant collectors and botanic gardens.
Sprekelia (Aztec Lily) Growing Conditions
Sprekelia is somewhat petulant if disturbed or if conditions are not perfect and may not bloom every year. It is best to plant multiple bulbs in an area so that you can have at least one bloom every year. Aztec lily is easy to grow and prefers full sun, well-drained, rich, slightly acidic soil, and dry conditions during winter. Once established, it is drought-tolerant but performs best with consistent moisture during its active growth period. Sprekelia is one of the parent genera of the intergeneric hybrid x Hippeastrelia.