AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.5m x 0.3m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
A robust, deciduous perennial which bears a fluffy, scarlet, brush-like flower head (up to 15cm in diameter). It has a strap-shaped leaves which grow in a cluster to form a false stem. The flowers are followed by attractive fleshy red berries.
The nectar-rich lowers attract birds and insects.
NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forests and bushveld, amongst rocks and at the base of a tree.
Keep well composted or add leaf litter to mimic a forest environment where this plant is naturally found.
Water moderately in summer.
Grow clumps of this plant to create an attractive addition to a mixed border under trees. It can also be grown in containers.
The leaves are slightly leathery, mid-green and strap-shaped with dark purple spots.
The plant produces a cluster of showy, bright red berries in October and November.
Easily propagated from seed. Harvest the seeds when they are red and ripe. Clean off the fleshy seed coating. Germination takes 2-3 weeks. Plants will start flowering in 3-4 years.