Malgas Lily

Ammocharis longifolia

Seeroogblom (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Winter

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

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

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

Special features

Origin

South Africa as well as Southern Namibia, Northern and Western Cape

Natural climate

Semi-arid to Arid

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

Credits

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by Werner Voigt, Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, August 2004 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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