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This is H. h. subsp. hirsutus, Deirdré
Anne Snijman 1984.

Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.

Author: Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin, 1804
Origin:  Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  8-12 Centimetres
Height:  20 (-60) Centimetres
Flower:  White - Deep Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  H. h. subsp. hirsutus =Haemanthus hirsutus, John Gilbert Baker.
Melicho humilis
, Salisb.1866

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1804. It is found in southern South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to eight or even twelve centimetres in diameter, the rather flat leaves up to 20 (or even 60) centimetres in length. The flowers are white over rose to deep pink in colour.

Haemanthus means blood flower; Greek haima for 'blood' and anthos meaning 'flower'. - a reference to the red flowers of most species. The species name indicate it is a low plant.

Drawing by Barbara Jeppe.