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Haemanthus spp.

Also known as

Powderpuff, Poeierkwas, Velskoenblaar, Blood lily

Vegetation around Victoria falls by BetterWORLDphoto (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Paintbrush Overview

    A genus containing 22 species of deciduous or evergreen perennial bulbs in the Amaryllidaceae family native to several Southern African countries. They have strap-like leaves and dense brush-shaped umbels of small flowers, often with showy bracts, followed by fleshy fruits. Commonly known as blood lily, they are popular container and glasshouse specimens but can be grown in a rockery if in a mild climate with some shelter.

    How to propagate Paintbrush


    By offsets or seed before growth commences in early spring.

    Bulbs | Waterwise Plants

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    Baboon root

    Babiana spp.

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