isiXhosa: Umathunga

Afrikaans:

March flower


March flower

Haemanthus coccineus

Scientific name

Haemanthus coccineus is widespread throughout the winter rainfall region in Southern Africa - from the southern parts of Namibia, to South Africa in the Cape Peninsula, to the Keiskamma River in the Eastern Cape.

The flowerheads of Haemanthus coccineus emerge between February and April, with scarlet spathe valves on them like bright shaving brushes, make it a striking plant. The flowers are soon followed by translucent, fleshy berries. There are usually two large leaves per bulb, and occasionally three, which appear after flowering.

Bulb extracts are used for the treatment of internal wounds and for the treatment of broken bones, sprained ankles and other joint issues (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. 2015. The Wild Harvesting of Plant Medicines in Cape Town.)

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Gertrude Smith
We currently have no seeds of this species in our seedbanks. Do you have any seeds or do you know where we can get some? Get in touch!
We currently have no plants of this species in our home nurseries. Do you have any plants or do you know where we can get some? Get in touch!

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #1 Delft 2
Site #2 Delft 6
Site #4 Delft 5
Site #8 Delft 6
Site #9 Delft 8
Site #16 Rosebank 8
Total 35

Can you help grow this species?

We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!

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Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

Suitable for clay soil

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:

Southern double-collared sunbird

Haemanthus coccineus is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld

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