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Click on the heading above or the attached pictures of the Crinum bulbispermum to see an illustrated list of the 15 plants being sold at discounted prices for November 2021.

Crinum bulbispermum, Orange River Lily, Oranjerivierlelie, is part of the Amaryllis family. It is essentially a grassland species that occurs Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Natal, Free State and Lesotho. It is deciduous and can survive extreme cold. It typically grows on vlei edges and stream banks, so does well in wet areas in gardens, Flowers between October and December. Be warned that it is, like most Amaryllis plants, a food plant for the lilly-borer catapillar.

Crinum bulbispermum has large pink and white flowers in spring.
A flowering Erythrina humeana contrasted with the blue leaves of a cycad.

The flowers of Erythina humeana are very showy.

We have revised and updated the plant blog about Erythrina humeana. Common names include dwarf coraltree, kleinkoraalboom, mokhupye and umsinsana. To find out more about this wildlife friendly plant and how to grow it click on the picture or the heading.

Erythrina acanthocarpa has stunning flowers.

Erythrina acanthocarpa bears clusters of unusual but beautiful flowers.

Erythrina acanthocarpa

Tambookie Thorn or Tamboekiedoring

We are pleased to have a good stock of this lovely and much desired plant. This member of the ‘Coral tree’ genus originates from the Eastern Cape, with a centre around Queenstown. It is very cold resistant. It becomes a small, much branched, thorny shrub, up to about 1.5 m tall by the same spread. It is deciduous and like its cousins tends to flower before the new leaves appear in spring.

Well suited for areas with good drainage such as rockeries. Do not water in winter. It forms a very bulbous root stock, so should not be planted to close to paving, pools or ponds.

© Malcolm Dee Hepplewhite & Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery, (Text and Photographs) 2021.