Photo of wild plants by Alan
Horstmann , Inaturalist.org.
The flower near Steinkopf,
Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo Colin Paterson-Jones,
Allen Dyer, 1940
Namibia, Namaqualand; NW South Africa
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This member of the
Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Robert Allen
Dyer in 1940. It is found
in southern Namibia and north-western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb can grow to five or
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in
flowers are scarlet..
Haemanthus means blood flower; Greek haima for 'blood'
meaning 'flower'- a reference to the red flowers of most species.
The species name after its origin: Namaqualand.
This is a winter-grower.