Chinese Lantern – Sandersonia aurantiaca Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Chinese Lantern, Christmas Bells Botanical Name: Sandersonia aurantiaca, san-der-SO-ni-a a-ran-ti-A-ca Flower Color: Orange Availability: Summer Harvest Instructions: High to moderate light intensities and 70-80F temperatures produced the best quality flowers. Tidbits: Named for John Sanderson, ~1820-1891, honorary secretary of the Horticultural Society of Natal. Specific epithet name “aurantiaca” means orange-red, in reference to its flower color. Gets it common name from the shape of the flowers. This species was reportedly first commercialized as a cut flower in the 1980s in New Zealand. Now grown in many countries.