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Pink Paint Brush

Haemanthus carneus

Powderpuff (Eng.), Veldskoenblaar (Afr.)

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This fascinating species has large fleshy leaves with supremely​ beautiful flowers which make them highly prized specimens among garden collectors. This plant differs tremendously to other Haemanthus species as it has petals and others don’t. This rare species is only found in certain parts of South Africa, and enjoyed by gardeners; professional and amateur alike.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

A good indicator to harvest your Haemanthus seeds is​ when they are red, soft and ripe. Harvest by hand, picking the seeds as they are ripe.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds when they are bright red and soft, into a sandy mixture at a depth of 1 mm into the soil leaving it partially exposed. Space them 20 cm apart. Be patient as it takes a long time for germination to take place.
Cuttings
Bulb or leaf cuttings can be used.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies and beetles.
Drought resistant
This is a water-wise species as it requires very little amounts of water in its growth phase and becomes dormant during hot summer months.
Pot plant
Great for any large pot in any shady dappled spot of the garden.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
The leaves were traditionally used in the treatment of ulcers and that extracts of the bulb were taken as a diuretic and in the treatment of asthma.
Ornamental
Plant shady areas under trees.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
, Pink, Red
Scent
Mild

Problems

This species contains a toxin within the entire plant which prevents them from being eaten by moles and molerats.

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