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A picture of a Malgas Lily

Malgas Lily

Ammocharis longifolia

Also known as

Seeroogblom (Afr.)

Ammocharis longifolia 2013 03 19 2386 by JonRichfield (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-10b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Malgas Lily

Ammocharis longifolia
Growing near Gordon's Bay
Flowers both pink and ivory

Malgas Lily Overview

This deciduous, winter-flowering species is also known by the name Malgas lily, it produces beautiful, fragrant, tubular pink flowers on short stalks​ that emerge from the ground during the summer months. The flower umbel releases its beautiful fragrance at night to attract its sole pollinator: the moth. This species has a unique and interesting method of seed dispersal: as the seed pod dries, the entire umbel detaches itself from the flower-stalk and the paper covering around the seeds bursts open releasing the seeds as the spent flowerhead rolls around like a tumbleweed. ZA Distribution: Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Malgas Lily

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

    How to harvest Malgas Lily

    Harvest seeds immediately after the flowers have dried up and seed pods have swelled and changed their colour. Harvest the flower-stalks closest to the ground during the mid-summer months.

    How to propagate Malgas Lily

    Seed

    Sow seeds immediately after flowers have dried up. Sow into a sandy soil medium to a depth of 1 cm and space 30-40 cm apart.

    Division

    Only divide the plants when the clumps of bulbs are overcrowded.

    Special features of Malgas Lily

    Attracts useful insects

    Honeybees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

    Drought resistant

    This plant thrives in sandy desert areas where little to no rain occurs.

    Pot plant

    Good container plants for growing in the garden, ensure pots have sufficient drainage.

    Attractive flowers

    Beautiful, tubular pink blooms similar to those of lilies.

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Malgas Lily

    Ornamental