I called a halt as soon as I spotted these pink funnel-shaped flowers peeping through the grass not far from the edge of the road. These Giant Candelabra Lilies (Brunsvigia grandiflora) are usually seen during March, so it was a lovely surprise to find this one blooming in April!

When looked at from above, the long wavy grey-green leaves are visible at the base.

Here is a closer look at them.

There is a darkish pink stripe down the centre of each petal.

The buds look darker than the open flowers. This one is still unfurling.

These flowers occur naturally in the grasslands of the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.


    • That they have large bulbs probably helps these plants to survive the drought and, I suspect, the darker lines on the petals help to guide pollinators to the right place πŸ™‚

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    • I wish there were more of them around. I wonder if people dig up bulbs growing near the road for it was strange to find just this solitary bloom with no others in obvious sight.


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