Sprekelia formosissima 'Early Riser'
Early Riser Aztec Lily
Item #: 15659
Zones: 7b to 10b, at least
Height: 22" tall
Culture: Sun to Part Sun
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
This splendid clonal form of the Mexican Aztec Lily came from Italian plantsman Angelo Porcelli. For us, Sprekelia 'Early Riser', a cross of Sprekelia 'Orient Red' x Sprekelia 'Superba', is the earliest flowering selection that we've seen, starting for us in early May. The 22" tall stalks, compared to 14" tall in the typical Dutch-sold clone, are each topped with a large solitary bright red flower, composed of 6 narrow petals. Our quantities to share are limited, and it will most likely be another 5-8 years before more are available.