Haemanthus Hybrid 'Burgundy'

J.E. Shields jshields104@comcast.net
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 05:52:37 PDT
I have my hybrid Haemanthus in bloom again, and I decided to name this 
strain of Haemanthus as "Burgundy" because of its unique color for a form 
of Haemanthus. This bulb and one other are producing twin scapes this year, 
another trait I've not seen before in Haemanthus.

This image is on-line in my blog at:


and in the Florapix web site at:


The peduncle is moderately hirsute and has some red to burgundy coloration. 
The erect bracts, burgundy in color and numbering (usually) 5 or 6, enclose 
the scarlet flowers. As the bulbs are still maturing, I'm not sure what the 
ultimate scape height and flower count might be. The leaves seem 
intermediate between the two parents' leaves, with light covering of hairs, 
more along the leaf margins. The leaf margins tend to have a fine red line 
and on the lower (abaxial) surface of the leaves  may be some transverse 
red striation near the base.

The actual cross was Haemanthus [humilis hirsutus x coccineus] where the 
seed parent had pure white flowers and the pollen parent had scarlet 
flowers. Where did the burgundy color come from? I hope to take the most 
vigorous seedling from this batch and hand propagate it.

Jim Shields
in Westfield, Indiana

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