11 responses to “Brunsvigia josephinae”

  1. Ewa

    This plant is so unusual – thanks for sharing the picture and expanding the knowledge.

  2. van

    Majorly cool plant. Superb photos.

  3. SIU

    eu amo essas fotos!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Scott McGillivray

    what a wonderful picture to start the day with, thanks, Scott.

  6. Katherine

    Reminds me so much of the pink naked ladies here (properly called Amaryllis Belladonna, I think). The flower stalks pop up out of bare ground during August and September. Their season is starting to wind down here now. (San Francisco bay area)
    I’ll have to pay attention to whether any hummingbirds are busy fertilizing them.

  7. Connie

    Where do you think I could get one of these?

  8. Don Fenton

    Where I live, in South Australia, this is said to be a common garden plant/garden remnent/garden escape, but I’ve never seen one! I want it! Commercially, it costs about a day’s wages. It resents being moved, I am told, and even mature bulbs take 7 – 12 years to flower. Wet winter, bone-dry summer.

  9. Flavia

    On our island of Trinidad, I’ve seen this plant a lot, but never the flower. Your photo is beautiful. I must look out for the flowers … as you said, in the later summer months.

  10. Ken

    A VERY cool plant! Perfectly suited to California’s coastal and lowland valley climates! In response to Katherine’s post, Brunsvigia is closely related to Amaryllis belladonna (aka naked ladies)… and, in fact, there are intergeneric crosses between them, known alternatively as Brunsdonna or Amarygia. In my opinion, Brunsvigia josephinae, and most Brunsvigias are relatively uncommon, at least they have been here in California. The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek has one (photo link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruthbancroftgarden/1821210993/in/set-72157602835573854/ ) as do I (photo link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarguy/2834501207/in/set-72157601294500593/ ) I believe both of ours are about the same age (mine is 14 years old) and are offspring of a plant that belonged to well-known horticulturalist Wayne Roderick of the Bay Area. At one point, Annie’s Annuals offered seed. Patience is required to grow this to blooming size. My largest bulb bloomed at 10 years. The first few years the plant produces small, narrow leaves. After that, they become larger and add an attractive blue-grey winter foliage interest in the garden, which one must enjoy until they reach blooming size. (foliage photo link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amarguy/2196181281/in/set-72157601294500593/ )

  11. sjirk

    B.josephinea is pollinated by Sunbirds. It is almost never visited by sugarbirds. Flowers are visted by the local endemic orange breasted sunbird or the larger mlachite sunbird.
    Only perhaps when nectar is scarce, sugarbirds will visit B.josephinea, but normally they stay in the proteas even if the brunsvigia plant is just along side it.

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