Welcoming Spring

joanstewart @joanstewartAugust 2019 ยท 3 min read

Southern Hemisphere Spring Is In The Air

As the ground starts warming up slowly the Snake Lily ~ Scadoxus puniceus, a bulbous plant starts to show colour, it has some descriptive names of the Paintbrush lily, Snake lily (English), Rooikwas (Afrikaans), umgola (Zulu).


Scarlet spear shaped heads starting from the ground, the stem shoots up within a week with dazzling head above in splendid show of dense flowers with bright yellow anthers, some refer to the smaller flowers as scarlet, you decide to me they appear a startling array of orange.


Found in southern and eastern Africa: Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, and South Africa.

  • Myth that this plant does not transfer, during the winter this bulb gets moved, we started with one bulb and now have three patches in semi-shaded areas.


Another plant that keeps on giving in our coastal soil with not attention given except to thin the bulbs and transplant in months it is dormant, we started with one many years ago, noticed new bulbs when flowering, eventually decided to spread them around.


The name snake lily is apt since the stem often has black specs as can be seen on some of the bulbs, very similar to our Spotted bush snake.

Others will tell you it is the red tip resembling a snake lifting off the ground, I prefer the spear comparison, this bloom definitely signals the start of Spring, farmers start preparing to sow crops when these bulbous plants start showing it is said.


Sunbirds, weavers, bees love this in between season flower. Apparently birds and monkeys enjoy the berries, I have personally never witnessed this, I only have seen bees on the flowers.

Flowers form first, when close to stems full height it is followed with glossy green leaves forming at the base, only seven or eight leaves surround the plant reaching similar height (40 to 70 cm) as the flowers (approx 15 cm diameter).

When summer arrives, the flowers disappear transforming into bright red berries appearing approximately 1 cm big (I will keep an eye open this year since I cannot find photo's I took last season, or was it a couple ago), they are eye catching as well!


Mecinal Uses

Bulb is considered poinsous is is use to treat coughs, asthma, sprains and bruises. Leaves are applied to sores and ulcers to aid healing acting as an antiseptic. Personally I recommend never experimenting with anything unless you know what you are doing.

All photography is my own, resized for ease of uploading, using Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

Spring already, feels like yesterday I was looking forward to winter!

Thought for Today: "No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow" ~ African proverb


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Gaz @cheese4eadAugust 2019

What an unusual looking plant @joanstewart

Thick stemmed and very pretty on top.

Great shots.



Like great big pom-poms, I believe some cut them for inside, I prefer to leave them for the wildlife outdoors. Have a wonderful day and thanks for the visit @cheese4ead


I love the warm vibrant colors of these beautiful flowers and thanks for all the info about them, as your spring starts our summer will soon be fading away


Personally I will be sad to see winter go, time is on the move again with certain plants telling you change is coming.


Winters here can be harsh so I am always glad to se edit go, in other places where it was milder I did not mind winter at all


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OMG! I love these and I have magpie syndrome over them!


They are pretty cool with a totally different look to other lily flowers.


I have never seen this flower. What a lovely vibrant color. I can understand what attracts the bees.
Nice capture!


Poor bee was wobbling between two flowers with weight of pollen stuck to it's legs @rem-steem


Oh my, I have never seen Snake Lily before, so unique and colourful!!


Normally found under trees, this one I planted under a Cycas which affords semi-shaded area all year round @joelai


Do they need a lot of shades!


Semi-shaded area, it does enjoy some sun during the day.


Ah, lovely.


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Wow @joansteward, these flowers are simply luscious! The color is amazing, so fun they multiply each year. Spring is always my favorite, each year sweet surprises show up, new beginnings. Such joy :) Great photos


I had to laugh when a local newspaper reported they cannot be replanted, proof is in the pudding... with more appearing year on year.


A lovely post Lady Joan and I have not seen this one before.
We also have some plants here that I saw today with closed red buds on the ends.
I will have to see when they open what they are.


It will be interesting if it is the same or similar plant, so many flowers to see, so little time to find out what they are Stephen.