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A picture of a Sifunti


Xerophyta retinervis

Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Sifunti

Blackened stem
Plants growing in habitat
Single bloom

Sifunti Overview

Xerophyta retinervis is a fascinating plant with blackened stems in the winter months but totally transformed in the early summer when covered with masses of pink flowers, especially after fire. A hillside covered with numbers of these plants in flower is a memorable sight, although short-lived, as the blooms only last for a few weeks. The species is well adapted to survive extreme conditions such as drought, fires, and very cold temperatures. Extensive traditional uses include medicinal, magical and household.

Special features of Sifunti

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Sifunti

Other uses