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Author:  William Herbert, 1821
Family:  AMARYLLIDACEAE
Origin:  Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Sand - Clay
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Dark Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Ground Lily
Synonyms:  Ammocharis falcata. William Herbert.
Amaryllis coranica, Ker Gawl.
Ammocharis coccinea, Pax
Ammocharis taveliana, Schinz
Crinum coccineum, Fritsch
Crinum tavelianum, Fritsch
Palinetes coranica, Salisb.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was described by William Herbert in 1821, and is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini and Zimbabwe. It grows in a sandy or even clay-like soil with some water and lots of sun. The leaves tend to lay on the ground, for 30 centimetres, the bulb can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are pink, last for 20 days, turning darker and darker. It can only be reproduced by seeds.

The genera name means 'sand' and 'beauty'. The species name indicates it originate from Cora near Rom - a bit off, I would mean.


Wild plants from Namibia.