Habranthus martinezii Also Known as "Rain Lily" "Mini Cherry"
After recent rainy days lots of pretty little faces of the Rain Lily have started to pop up all around my garden. These flowers I found seeds on one of my walks and spread them around, now after a few years of taking the seeds and scattering them around the garden I have quite a few areas where they pop up after the rain you only get flowers after rains, this may occur during any time of the year!
An absolutely exquisite plant which thrusts up close-packed bunches of delicate white/cream trumpets, soft-etched outer petals brushed in pink, making it appear more pink at times than the white/cream petals. In our warm climate you will see them pop up in unusual places with seed being carried off in the high winds, or by collecting seeds and testing them in your garden.
By doing some research it appears these plants originate in Argentina, favoring life in the southern hemisphere, easy to grow, thriving in almost every position I have planted the seeds, the only thing I have found eats the plant is a black-yellow striped worm we get once a year, these worms start at the leaves and work their way down into the bulb, flowers appear to be resilient to drought.
Habranthus martinezii are not very tall growing reaching 25-35cm, with a mixed classification of Half hardy bulb, Half hardy perennial, what I do know is they make a very pretty show wherever they spread themselves out in lush green leaves and soft flowers that last a day or two before disappearing till the next rains arrive.
Oh they love warm climates, our area appears ideal, so when you see a flower that offers bulbous seeds after flowering, allow them to dry out slightly on the stem, collect them and plant them anywhere in the garden, flowering several times during the rainy season, spectacular flower serenading you after the storms.
Thought for today: The bee is the doctor of flowers. ~ Congolese Proverb
Pink Flower Day @petals
All photography my own, taken with a Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
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