Pink Paint Brush

Haemanthus carneus

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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Cuttings

Bulb or leaf cuttings can be used.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies and beetles.

Drought resistant

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.

Pot plant

Great for any large pot in any shady dappled spot of the garden.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Eastern Cape.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

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.

Ornamental

Plant shady areas under trees.

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red

Scent

Mild

Problems

This species contains a toxin within the entire plant which prevents them from being eaten by moles and molerats.