Haemanthus at Quail Botanical Gardens

Allen Repashy allenr@boardfishing.com
Sun, 09 Mar 2008 19:19:11 PDT
Hello Everyone,

I was at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas Ca. today and in the South 
Africa section they had a large species of Haemanthus that was in leaf. 
It was labeled as Haemanthus sanguineus.  But looking at the Wiki, it 
doesn't look to me like this species. The leaf's were not prostrate at 
all... the two leafs were quite large and glossy and approx 6" across at 
the widest point. probably 18 " long each. shooting straight up and then 
curling down and touching the ground at the tips, with about an eight 
inch gap under the arch.  It was quite striking. There were two or three 
clumps of the bulbs in the South African garden. Is anyone here familiar 
with Quail and the bulbs. I don't think if you were a bulb fan that you 
could miss them during the growing season. The description said it was a 
winter grower and deciduous. The plant to me looks exactly like 
Haemanthus coccineus, but I am a newbie at bulbs and only have photos 
for reference. Is it possible the plant is mis labeled at the garden? It 
sure seems the case, but I find it hard to believe they could make a 
mistake like that.

Thanks, Allen

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