flowers indigenous medicinal

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.

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