Veltheimia bracteata

A forest lily with glossy, deep-green leaves.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): .25m x .4m
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

This beautiful bulbous plant bears attractive glossy, deep-green leaves with wavy edges.  It produces a spike of tubular salmon-pink to scarlet flowers that last for about a month.  The flowers resemble those of an aloe.  The leaves die back in midsummer.   After a short period of dormancy (2-3 weeks), a new set of foliage appears.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts a host of pollinating insects.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forests and thickets.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance. Keep well composted. Fertilise in summer.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest

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