Haemanthus Alba Floss also known as White Paintbrush, Shaving Brush Plant and Cape Tulip is native to South Africa.
A bulbous plant to 1 foot tall , fleshy , wide evergreen leaves with cillate (fuzzy) margins. The white 1 ¼ inches to 2 ¾ inch flowers appear in the fall. When the petals or bracts open , the visual effect is like a wine goblet hence the name Cape Tulip. The petals or bracts of the Haemanthus Alba Floss encase hundreds of stamen. Each white stamen has a golden pollen sack at it tip. Massed together the stamen resembles a soft brush which gives rise to another of their common names White Paintbrush Lily or Shaving Brush Plant.
The Haemanthus Alba Floss is a tender plant, closely related to the Amaryllis, grow it in a pot in the greenhouse , as a house plant; in mild climates move to the patio for bloom in the late fall. Plant the bulb in an 8 or 10 inch container in a rich potting mix. Set the bulb with the base at soil level, water sparingly, keep in 70 degrees F temperature until established , and Move out of doors when weather warms, it must be in the shade . Water thoroughly and infrequently, feed with a complete fertilizer. They bloom best when pot bound (overcrowded).
We are offering a large well established bulb that will be 1 1/2 to 2 inch in diameter.