Winter Red-Hot Poker – Veltheimia bracteata

Winter Red Hot Poker

Winter Red Hot Poker

This plant is found in the wild in the Eastern Cape area of South Africa it is also called a Forest Lily. They grow from fall planted bulbs. It is cold sensitive and therefore should be planted in pots that can be brought into the greenhouse or indoors during cold weather. In its native planting area it is semi-evergreen, dying back in the summer, hot months.

During Victorian times this plant was very popular, but has since fallen out of favor. There is no reference to Veltheimia bracteata being used medicinally in South Africa

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