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Haemanthus albiflos

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Author:  Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin, 1797
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  25 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Offset Bulbs
Names:  Shaving Brush plant, Poederkwast - Royal Paint Brush, White Blood Lily, Powder Puff, Shaving Brush Plant
Synonyms:  Hamanthus mackenii Baker.
Haemanthus albomaculatus
Haemanthus virescens
var. albiflos, Herbert, 1837.
Diacles ciliaris, Salisb.
Haemanthus intermedius,
Haemanthus leucanthus,

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was described by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1797. It is found on the south-eastern coast of South Africa, growing in well-drained soil with some water and little sun. It have broad leaves which will get 25 centimetres long, and an bulb which can grow to eight centimetres in diameter. The flower is white, and the plant can both be reproduced by seeds, from the reed fruits, and by offsets.

It is actually evergreen like H. deformis and H. pauculifolius.

The name Haemanthus is derived from the Greek haima meaning 'blood' and anthos meaning 'flower' - a reference to the red flowers of most species. Albiflos referring to the white flowers of this particular species.

Wild ones from Port Edward, South Africa.