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Forest Lily

Veltheimia bracteata

Also known as

Forest Sand-Lily, Winter Red Hot Poker, Boslelie, Sandui, Sandlelie (Afr.)

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

30cm

30cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Forest Lily
A photo of Forest Lily
A photo of Forest Lily
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Overview

The Forest lily is an exceptionally beautiful bulb plant, flowering in hues of pink and red. It is easy to grow and require little water and attention. Forest lilies bloom throughout winter until early spring. Being bird-pollinated, these flowers attract a multitude of birds to gardens. Veltheimia capensis is known as the Sand lily, growing in sandy patches in forest areas. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Common problems

Apart from the occasional slug or snail, Forest lilies have no particular pests or diseases.

Harvesting

Pick flowers for the vase when in flower.

Propagation

Seed

Propagation by seed is generally very successful. Bulbs must be planted during autumn, at or just below ground level, and left undisturbed for a long period. New bulbs should flower after one season.

Cuttings

Stems should be removed in summer, after foliage has died down. Plant immediately in 30 cm to 40 cm deep soil.

Special Features

Attracts birds

In warmer countries Hummingbirds are among the pollinators attracted to the garden by the Forest lily's bright flowers.

Indoor plant

May be planted indoors, but not in direct sunlight.

Pot plant

Forest Lilies make excellent pot plants, particularly when planted in shaded patios and windowsills.

Attractive leaves

Attracts butterflies

In cooler climes the Hummingbird Moth is attracted to these flowers.

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Flowers may be pale pink, deep rose pink, orange pink, occasionally greenish-yellow.