Boophone disticha

Botanical Name: Boophone disticha

Common Name(s): Tumbleweed, century plant

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Description:

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).

Family: Amarryllidaceae

Synonym: Amaryllis disticha

Botanical Pronunciation: bo-OFF-on-ee DIS-tik-uh

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Deciduous
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Semi Frost Hardy
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Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Moderate Watering

Flowers


August
September
October

Description:
This plant carries attractive, deep-pink, posy-like flower (± 200mm across) rising on a short stem and it flowers in spring.

 


Foliage

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.


Interesting Info

The bulb of the Boophone disticha is poisonous.

Interestingly Boophone disticha is commonly known as Tumble weed. The reason for this name is because of the reproduction of the Boophone Disticha. The inflorescence form 1-3 seeds in the flower cavities,in which the flower inflorescence dislodges itself from the mother plant. This inflorescence gets blown away by the wind.In the 'bouncing' movement of the inflorescence, the seeds gets dispersed onto the soil. The seeds proceed to germinate and grow where they landed.

Eontributed by: Daniël van Wyk

 

 

Origin

This plant originates in Southern Africa.

 

Other Languages

Perdespook (A)

Possible Problems

The bulb is poisonous, as evidenced by local names such as poison bulb (gifbol) and sore-eye flower (seerooglelie).

Size

400 mm * 300 mm

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