Paintbrush Lily

We have already had an introduction to the Paintbrush or Blood Lily… Here is a bit more about this unique flower as well as some pics of it in the wild…

Scadoxus puniceus, commonly known as the Paintbrush Lily, is a Southern African species of Amaryllidaceae, which is also found in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Its preferred habitat is cool, moist leaf litter and it is found in shady places, such as ravines and forests. The plant’s bright red, round fruits are about 10mm in diameter and each produces a single seed. Since the eighteenth century this species has been popular in Europe, partly because of its easy cultivation and high germination rate.

paintbrush 1
paintbrush 1

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A rainy November

It has been an exceptionally rainy November in Durban.  The last few days have been wet with the rain forecast to continue until well past the weekend.  The ferns in my garden, pictured below, have been loving all the rain.

While the rainy season in this part of the world normally starts in November and continues until March, it has also been unseasonably cool for the start of summer, sparking debate on climate change.  Has anyone else noticed strange weather patterns in their part of South Africa, or the world?

A rainy November
A rainy November

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