Haemanthus albiflos

Haemanthus albiflos

This South African bulb belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family of plants and thrives in the Sydney climate. It has broad, fleshy leaves which lie flat on the ground and produces unusual flowers with a mass of stamens, resembling a brush (ht 20-30cm). It seems to grow quite well in shade. It enjoys water and feeding when in active growth, but should be kept drier when dormant. It is said to multiply quite quickly to form a clump. Although reputedly an autumn or mid-winter bloomer, mine flowered in late winter one year and looked attractive nearby a white-variegated form of Acanthus mollis, which has beautiful fresh leaves in winter. Snails can damage the bulb's leaves, so should be watched out for.

Flowers in June, July.