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Haemanthus albiflos

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Bulbous perennial
Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Fall and winter
Flower Color:
Light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
Tightly clustered bulbs stay quite low; each bulb produces a few thick, tongue shaped, 8-12 inch leaves. In fall brushes of pure white blossoms with contrasting yellow anthers appear, lasting for several weeks. A coastal climate also seems to encourage scattered off-season bloom. Light shade, rich soil, moderate watering during growth and bloom, very little in winter. Reputedly hardy to just below freezing, though ours recovered after a bout of 20 degrees F.