Haemanthus Species One

Haemanthus species A-C are found on this wiki page.


Haemanthus D-L - Haemanthus M-Z


Haemanthus albiflos see the Haemanthus albiflos page.
Representative photos of this species from Byron Amerson, Andrew Harvie, Cameron McMaster, Mary Sue Ittner, and Nhu Nguyen.

Haemanthus albiflos seedling, Byron AmersonHaemanthus albiflos leaves, Kei River mouth, Andrew HarvieHaemanthus albiflos, Kat River, Cameron McMasterHaemanthus albiflos, Mary Sue IttnerHaemanthus albiflos, UC Botanical Garden, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus albiflos, fruit, Cameron McMaster

Haemanthus amarylloides see the Haemanthus amarylloides page.
Representative photos of this species from Alan Horstmann, Jacob Uluwehi Knecht, Nhu Nguyen, and Michael Mace.

Haemanthus amarylloides ssp. polyanthus leaves, Alan HorstmannHaemanthus amarylloides subsp. toximontanus, Jacob Uluwehi KnechtHaemanthus amarylloides ssp. polyanthus, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus amarylloides ssp. amarylloides, Michael MaceHaemanthus amarylloides ssp. amarylloides, Michael MaceHaemanthus amarylloides ssp. amarylloides, Michael Mace

Haemanthus barkerae is found in the plateau between the Bokkeveld mountains near Nieuwoudtville, South Africa. It flowers in March-April (late summer - early fall). Flowers are pinkish with yellow stamens. The plant has 2 leaves with spotting at the bases. This is a clumping species. Dylan Hannon noted that this species "stays small (6-8 plants grow comfortably though cramped in a 6" (15 cm) pot)". It takes 5-6 years to flower from seeds. The first photo below shows first year seedlings grown by Nhu Nguyen. The second and third photos from Mary Sue Ittner show a first flowering in northern California August 2009 from a bulb grown from seed. The fourth through sixth photos show how the bud emerges. In the fourth photo, taken in early morning, the bracts are just starting to emerge and are translucent white. In the fifth photo, taken in the late afternoon of the same day, the bracts have turned light pink and the florets are starting to emerge. In the sixth photo, taken a day and a half later, the florets are opening. From a distance, the flower looks like a bright pink autumn crocus. Photos 4-6 by Michael Mace.

Haemanthus barkerae seedlings, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus barkerae, Mary Sue IttnerHaemanthus barkerae, Mary Sue IttnerHaemanthus barkerae, morning bud, Michael MaceHaemanthus barkerae, evening bud, Michael MaceHaemanthus barkerae, 36 hours after bud first appeared, Michael Mace

The following photos show H. barkerae in seed. The first photo shows the infructescence. Fertilized fruit range in size from peas to small grapes, and are the color of pink cotton candy (the twist ties mark unsuccessful hybrid crosses with Nerine and Amaryllis that were attempted by the grower). When the fruits are mature, they drop to the ground. As shown in the second photo, the fruits are opaque and firm when they first drop off the plant, but rapidly liquefy. The fruit on the right is breaking down. The third photo shows the fruit cut open to display the seed inside, which is glossy and dark reddish brown. Photos by Michael Mace.

Haemanthus barkerae in fruit, Michael MaceHaemanthus barkerae fruit, Michael MaceHaemanthus barkerae fruit opened, Michael Mace

The leaves are patterned with spots as shown in this photo by Ken Blackford. The plant has split since originally purchased as a seedling from Dylan Hannon. The leaves grew slightly etiolated having grown on a shelf in part shade with only a couple hours of direct sun each day in the short days of winter. Its blooms are slightly larger than those shown above. (The unspotted plant to the right is a Lachenalia volunteer.)

Haemanthus barkerae leaves (spotted), Ken Blackford

Haemanthus canaliculatus is found on swampy coastal flats in a very narrow area of the southwest Cape. It has succulent channeled leaves that appear after the inflorescence and have red barring near the base. Leaves are present from May until December and flowering occurs February to March. It has bright red or occasionally pink flowers and resembles Haemanthus sanguineus but has a spreading umbel with 5-7 narrow spathe valves. In nature it only flowers after a fire, but since it flowers in cultivation it is speculated that the clearing of vegetation, not the fire itself, is what stimulates it to bloom. An article here describes the plant's rapid response to a fire. Photos taken by Cameron McMaster near Betty’s Bay in the Overberg. The third picture shows a leaf even though they are not usually present at flowering.

Haemanthus canaliculatus, Betty’s Bay, Cameron McMasterHaemanthus canaliculatus, Betty’s Bay, Cameron McMasterHaemanthus canaliculatus, Betty’s Bay, Cameron McMaster

Haemanthus carneus see the Haemanthus carneus page.
Representative photos of this species from Nhu Nguyen, Byron Amerson, Mary Sue Ittner, and Cameron McMaster.

Haemanthus carneus seeds, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus carneus seedling, Byron AmersonHaemanthus carneus, Waainek, Mary Sue IttnerHaemanthus carneus, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus carneus, Cameron McMasterHaemanthus carneus fruit, January, Cameron McMaster

Haemanthus coccineus see the Haemanthus coccineus page.
Representative photos of this species from Mary Sue Ittner, Nhu Nguyen, Lynn Edwards, Alan Horstmann, and Pontus Wallstén.

Haemanthus coccineus leaves, Mary Sue IttnerHaemanthus coccineus, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus coccineus, Lyn EdwardsHaemanthus coccineus, UC Botanical Garden, Nhu NguyenHaemanthus coccineus seeds, Alan HorstmannHaemanthus coccineus bulb, Pontus Wallstén

Haemanthus crispus is found in Cape Province, Namaqualand. It tends to clump, but may remain solitary. This is one of the smaller Haemanthus with the peduncle 5 to 6 in. (up to 150 mm) long. I have been waiting 12 years for this one to bloom and I am not disappointed as one has bloomed this year for the first time. It was suggested that a picture of the leaves be added to the wiki. Note that the spent flower head with a few developing seeds can be seen in the center, partially hidden by the leaf of the bulb on the left. Leaves of immature bulbs lack the undulation seen in the two mature bulbs. The first two photos were taken by Doug Westfall with his description above. The next two photos show the leaves in habitat; the first was taken by Alan Horstmann and the second by Mary Sue Ittner in Namaqualand. This species flowers from March to April, usually earlier in cultivation. Leaves emerge as early as March and die back in October. The last two photos by Alessandro Marinello.

Haemanthus crispus, Doug WestfallHaemanthus crispus leaves, Doug WestfallHaemanthus crispus, Alan HorstmannHaemanthus crispus leaves, Namaqualand, Mary Sue IttnerHaemanthus crispus, Alessandro MarinelloHaemanthus crispus, Alessandro Marinello

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