Haemanthus albiflos , Paint Brush

Haemanthus albiflos

Paint Brush
Family: Amaryllidaceae    (Formerly:Amaryllidaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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This small shrub is native to South Africa and grows 2-5 feet tall and requires shade or semi-shaded areas in order to thrive. It does not require a great deal of water and prefers moderate levels, so it is perfect for those who don't want to water plants often. Haemanthus albiflos produces clusters of off-white to white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make for a lovely garden addition. It has also been used in ethnomedical practices.

Although it is originally from warmer climates, Haemanthus albiflos can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11, with some extra care. Keep in mind that if you live in an area with cold winters, it is best to grow it in a pot that you can bring indoors. When kept in a pot, it should be kept in a cool, dry area and watered sparingly during winter and more often during summer. Fertilize several times a year and use a mix specifically formulated for bulbs. If you notice drooping in the leaves, it means you're overwatering.

Make sure to keep an eye out for pests, such as thrips, snails, aphids and slugs. These can be hard to spot due to their size and Haemanthus albiflos foliage providing a perfect hiding spot. Neem oil can help get rid of them and prevent further infestations.

Overall, Haemanthus albiflos is an easy to maintain, drought and pest-resistant plant. With its white to off-white flowers and slender stamens, it is a remarkable addition for anyone who likes to add color to their garden.

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