This plant has no fragrance
This small but distinctive genus comprises 5 evergreen, clumping perennials from South Africa. Foliage is large and glossy, resembling that of banana plants from the genus Musa. Large, long-stalked leaves form a "trunk" that can grow up to 10m tall. Inflorescences consist of horizontal, boat-shaped spathes, from which colourful, crest-like flowers arise sequentially. These plants are commonly grown as ornamental houseplants, and are particularly long-lasting when cut. Perhaps the most well-known species is S. reginae known as the Crane Flower. The seeds are toxic to dogs.
Plant with shrubs and trees or as a stand-alone specimens.
Divide strong plants in cool weather.
Sow in spring/summer.
Sunbirds may be the pollinators, but this is unproven and other birds eat and disperse the seeds.
Once established, the plants are drought tolerant.
Can be grown in large pots.
Used in landscaping as an architectural plant and focal point.
The flowers are grown commercially and used in the cut flower industry.