Josephine’s Lily, Brunsvigia josephinae
Brunsvigia josephinae or Josephine’s Lily is often referred to as Candelabra lily and was named after Josephine de Beauharnais. Josephine de Beauharnais was Napolean’s empress. This deciduos species is indigenous to South Africa and features dark pinkish red leaves measuring 12 – 15 inches in length. Blooming from bulbs in early Spring, it thrives best in moderately humid climates. Although this plant blooms annually, it can take 12 years before the bulbs produce their first flowers and reach a mature height of just over 2 feet. Bluish grey leaves grow in only winter. Crimson tube shaped flowers, just over half an inch long, bloom in the fall and summer months. Each plant produces 30-40 of these flowers.
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