Brunsvigia orientalis

March 13, 2019


Brunsvigia orientalis, here in bud. Also known as candelabra flower. The large stem carries up to 50 gorgeous crimson flowers in a large umbel that is about 40mm across. As the flowers fade the ovaries swell and dry out. The whole “ball: which is now about 650mm diameter breaks off and is blown around by the wind. This allows Brunsvigia orientalis to spread its seed successfully. Leaves appear after the flower has died. There are 4 to 5 which are about 250mm-400mm long and 100mm wide and lie almost flat on the ground. They are usually found in sandy soils and coastal scrub along the coastal belt.