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Photo of a wild plant from

Photo by Alan Horstmann,

Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.

Author: Deidré Anne Snijman, 1981
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Clay - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  15 (20) Centimetres
Flower:  Red - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Crispy-leaved Paintbrush Lily
Synonyms:  Haemanthus undulatus, Carl Peter Thunberg, 1794/Herb, 1837.
Nerine undulata
, Herb.
Amaryllis aucta
Amaryllis flexuosa
Amaryllis undulata
Haemanthus undulatus
, Thunb.
Imhofia flexuosa
, Kuntze.
Imhofia undulata
, Kuntze.
Loxanthes flexuosa
, Salisb.
Loxanthes undulata
, Salisb.
Nerine alta
Nerine aucta
, M.Roem. Nerine flexuosa, Herb.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Deidré Anne Snijman in 1981. It is found in Southern South Africa, growing in clay to a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb can grow to six centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 15 centimetres in height, 20 with the flower. The flowers are bright red.

Haemanthus means blood flower; Greek haima for 'blood' and anthos meaning 'flower'. The species name crispus referring to the wavy leaf margins.

This is a winter-grower.