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.
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.
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.
Only divide the plants when the clumps of bulbs are overcrowded.
Attracts useful insects
Honeybees and butterflies are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
This plant thrives in sandy desert areas where little to no rain occurs.
Good container plants for growing in the garden, ensure pots have sufficient drainage.
Beautiful, tubular pink blooms similar to those of lilies.
South Africa as well as Southern Namibia, Northern and Western Cape
Semi-arid to Arid
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Generally not affected by pests and diseases.