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Botanical Name: Boophone disticha
Common Name(s): Tumbleweed, century plant
Attractive, deep-pink, posy-like flower (± 200mm across) rising on a short stem directly from the top of a large football like bulb about 300mm diameter. It flowers in spring and is followed by a perfect twisted fan of leaves. The bulb is poisonous, as evidenced by local names such as poison bulb (gifbol) and sore-eye flower (seerooglelie).
Synonym: Amaryllis disticha
Botanical Pronunciation: bo-OFF-on-ee DIS-tik-uh
Semi Frost Hardy
This plant carries attractive, deep-pink, posy-like flower (± 200mm across) rising on a short stem and it flowers in spring.
Prepare a large planting hole and work in well-rotted compost, acidic if possible. At the same time dig in a handful or two of organic bone meal and a general fertilizer such. Strictly adhere to application and dosage instructions on the packaging.
The bulb of the Boophone disticha is poisonous.
This plant originates in Southern Africa.
The bulb is poisonous, as evidenced by local names such as poison bulb (gifbol) and sore-eye flower (seerooglelie).