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Veltheimia bracteata

This bulbous plant with wavy strap-shaped, glossy green leaves is deciduous with leaves dying back in Summer. The reddish-pink flowers are held in upright racemes of up to 60 flowers. They appear upright and in tight buds before flowering but are pendent when open. The tips of the flowers are sometimes green or spotted with green. The black seeds appear usually mid-Summer. They are pear shaped and enclosed in inflated capsules which become dry and papery as the seeds mature.

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Common Name:
Forest lily, winter red hot poker (Eng.); sandui, sandlelie (Afr.)
Plant Height:
40 cm
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Flowering Time:
August, September