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Haemanthus pubescens

Scientific name

Deciduous bulb with elongated fleshy leaves with flowers from red to white. It flowers in Autumn and produces it leaves in winter.

Propagation instructions

By seed

They can be propagated from seed, bulb cuttings and offsets. Seeds cannot be stored (recalcitrant).

By cutting

Haemanthus are best grown in a rockery or as container plants, in full sun or partial shade. H. albiflos, an evergreen plant suited to shady conditions, is probably the most widely cultivated species. This species and the closely related H. pauculifolius , multiply most readily from offsets and eventually form dense plantings. Whereas H. albiflos and H. humilis may flower in their third or fourth year, some of the Cape species are extremely slow growing. For instance, H. nortieri [see Amaryllidaceae ] can take almost 17 years to mature. Haemanthus are not suited to extremely cold places and will perish in severe frost.

References and further reading

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Image credit: © kourtneymore

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Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

This nectar-rich species attracts sunbirds and sugarbirds

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