Surfer's Cadelabra

Surfer's Cadelabra

Brunsvigia litoralis

Scientific name

A large bulb with a very distinct red to pink candelabra flower that flowers in summer. Numerous tongue-shaped frill-edged leaves that clump together to a vertical centre are produced after the flower head is spent. In this species the bulb tunic is brown and papery.

Visited by butterflies and moths but likely Double-Collared and Malachite sunbird pollinated

Propagation instructions

By seed

Seeds are ready to set once ripe. There is no dormant period.

By cutting

Difficult to grow. Consult a bulb specialist. Strict water requirement mean being kept in a large pot that accommodates deep roots is best.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Image credit: © Brian du Preez

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Endangered

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

Good potplant

Attracts butterflies

It provides food for:

Southern double-collared sunbird

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