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Century plant

Boophone disticha

As can be deducted from its common name, this large bulbous plant can grow for over 100 years. It is well known for its poisonous bulb and leaves, its fan shape once the fruiting heads have stiffened and elongated as well as its medicinal use.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

NA

Propagation

Seed
In nature, the dried out flowers release seeds, and so it propagates. If planting a bulb ensure that at least two-thirds of the bulb is above the ground.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees and flies.

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa
Natural climate
Dry winterrain areas.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The Century plant is used in traditional medicine to cure a number of ailments. It may be applied to boils and abscesses, it may be used to alleviate pain, treat insomnia and headaches amongst others.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
The colour varies from light pink to red.
Scent
Mild

Problems

Rare

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