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Pink Paint Brush

Haemanthus carneus

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Pink Paint Brush Overview

This fascinating species has large fleshy leaves with supremely​ beautiful flowers which make them highly prized specimens among garden collectors. This plant differs tremendously to other Haemanthus species as it has petals and others don’t. This rare species is only found in certain parts of South Africa, and enjoyed by gardeners; professional and amateur alike.

Common problems with Pink Paint Brush

This species contains a toxin within the entire plant which prevents them from being eaten by moles and molerats.

    How to harvest Pink Paint Brush

    A good indicator to harvest your Haemanthus seeds is​ when they are red, soft and ripe. Harvest by hand, picking the seeds as they are ripe.

    How to propagate Pink Paint Brush


    Sow seeds when they are bright red and soft, into a sandy mixture at a depth of 1 mm into the soil leaving it partially exposed. Space them 20 cm apart. Be patient as it takes a long time for germination to take place.


    Bulb or leaf cuttings can be used.

    Special features of Pink Paint Brush

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies and beetles.

    Drought resistant

    This is a water-wise species as it requires very little amounts of water in its growth phase and becomes dormant during hot summer months.

    Pot plant

    Great for any large pot in any shady dappled spot of the garden.

    Other uses of Pink Paint Brush


    The leaves were traditionally used in the treatment of ulcers and that extracts of the bulb were taken as a diuretic and in the treatment of asthma.


    Plant shady areas under trees.