Scientific nameDeciduous bulb with elongated fleshy leaves with flowers from red to white. It flowers in Autumn and produces it leaves in winter.
They can be propagated from seed, bulb cuttings and offsets. Seeds cannot be stored (recalcitrant).
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.
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!
Conservation status: Vulnerable
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
It provides food for:
Southern double-collared sunbird
Haemanthus pubescens is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld