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Haemanthus albiflos

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Haemanthus (hem-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: albiflos (AL-bih-flos) (Info)
Synonym:Haemanthus albiflos pubescens



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Phoenix, Arizona

Baywood-los Osos, California

Brentwood, California

Carlsbad, California

Highgrove, California

La Puente, California

Ramona, California

Santa Rosa, California

Simi Valley, California (2 reports)

Spring Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Venice, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 24, 2016, Engarden from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

They can be propagated by separating the pups that form or by seed. But best left undisturbed and root bound for better flowering. If you want seeds, you may need two separate clones. Simply hold the pot sideways and dab the flower heads onto each other when they bloom @ the same time. The berries are very beautiful if you can get shiny drops of blood lying on the ground, and thus could be possibly another allusion to the name blood lily. I have a rare white berried form. I have crossed the evergreen albifloss with the red flowered deciduous coccineus. Result is an evergreen plant, making two leaves only, no pups, and pink flowers ! One last warning......these plants are EXTREMELY toxic, the juices of them being used by the So. AFrican bushmen as arrow poison.


On Dec 13, 2015, geisinger from Baywood-Los Osos, CA wrote:

Growing experience: I was given this plant 4 years ago; the bees love it and mine is blooming now (December 2015) on the Central Coast of California. It's been given very little care and I didn't even know what it was until recently. I'd like to propagate(?) it if someone could tell me how.


On Nov 23, 2011, suguy from Simi Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was given this plant a year ago and didn't know what to expect.
I potted it up in a fast draining mix and set it on the patio in part shade.
It grew and flourished.
Now in November it has burst into bloom with at least a dozen creamy bottlebrush blooms.
Very striking.


On Feb 18, 2009, Jianhua from Shangshui, Henan,
China (Zone 7b) wrote:

In China Haemanthus albiflos are often seen cultivated in pots. People call it hu er lan, tiger-ear, whose name may be taken from the form of the bloom. But sometimes when not in bloom, it is sometimes mistakenly regarded as an amaryllis.


On May 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Evergreen to semi-evergreen bulbous plant with broad, rough-edged 18" long leaves that lay over flat to the ground. The flowers, carried on top of 1-2' long stalks are composed of a brush of white flowers with bright yellow stamen anthers that are surrounded by 2 large white bracts. Origin: South Africa.


On Jan 4, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This species of Haemanthus, though not as spectacular in the flower as the red ones, has wonderfully fuzzy leaves and makes an excellent addition to a xeriscape garden (though can handle more water, too). It has nice white/yellow flowers in a starburst globe shape. Very slow growing plant and suckers. At least here in So Cal doesnt' appear to be deciduous like my other Haemanthus (which is now listed as a Scadoxus species)