This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by
William Herbert in 1820. It is found
in South and Western Cape of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to fourteen
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 45 centimetres in
flowers are from white over pink and orange to red, although I
believe the wild plants mainly are red..
The species name; sarniensis
referees to Sarnia, the Latin name for the Guernsey Islands it
should have been washed on shore, and where is have been growing on
for the last 300 years.
This is a winter grower,
flowering in the late autumn.