Thursday, 15 March 2007

Here's the Haemanthus coccinea bud I mentioned in What's in flower this month. Something's already had a nibble at one of the petals. Unfortunately, the roots have escaped from the base of the pot and have anchored the plant in the soil beneath, so I can't move it to somewhere safer.

6 comments:

amegilla said...

Darn it. I have any number of South Africans languishing in my shade house, including Haemanthus and Veltheimia.
I can't take 'em with me due to my oath to grow only local.*

I wish I could pass them on to you.

* this may be more honoured in the brach than the observance. I still want Croweas.

Snail said...

I'd love to have 'em. The white-plumed honeyeaters think the Veltheimias are the best thing since something or other. The problem is the stems are so slippery that the birds slide down as they're feeding. Can't remember which species I have but the flower is a beautiful dusky pink.

Duncan said...

My neighbour knows Haemanthus by the politically incorrect name "mother in law's tongue" ;-)

Snail said...

The leaves are very tongue-like. In a flat, green, keathery way ...

jj said...

We had these growing in the classroom garden. The children could not help themselves drawing it.
:)
Fantastic contribution to our program, especially for all those little girls who had long since adopted the stereotype drawing we all know as "the" flower.

Fond memories of long ago.
:)

Snail said...

They're such odd flowers. The petals look as though they're made of plastic.

Just discovered a second bud coming up. :)