Scientific nameA 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.
Seeds are ready to set once ripe. There is no dormant period.
Difficult to grow. Consult a bulb specialist. Strict water requirement mean being kept in a large pot that accommodates deep roots is best.
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Conservation status: Endangered
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
This nectar-rich species attracts sunbirds and sugarbirds