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Photo of wild plants by Alan Horstmann ,

The flower near Steinkopf, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo Colin Paterson-Jones,

Author: Robert Allen Dyer, 1940
Origin:  Southern Namibia, Namaqualand; NW South Africa
Soil:  Mix - Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5-13 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Scarlet
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

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 even 13 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are scarlet..

Haemanthus means blood flower; Greek haima for 'blood' and anthos meaning 'flower'- a reference to the red flowers of most species. The species name after its origin: Namaqualand.

This is a winter-grower.