Pink Paint Brush
Powderpuff , Veldskoenblaar (Afr.)
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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.
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.
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.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies and beetles.
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.
Great for any large pot in any shady dappled spot of the garden.
South Africa, Eastern Cape.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
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.
This species contains a toxin within the entire plant which prevents them from being eaten by moles and molerats.