Haemanthus albiflos

Royal Paint Brush

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The royal paintbrush (Haemanthus albiflos) is native to southern Africa, where it can be found in a range of habitats from temperate mountain slopes to rocky sea coasts. The evergreen, leathery leaves are resistant to salt spray, and the plant can grow and flower in full sun or shady environments. The petals are absent in this flower, the showy parts of which are composed of the white stamens and the light-colored bracts. In the Chicago area, royal paintbrush requires a frost-free environment. Few pests are attracted to this species; spider mites might be a concern, but they are easily washed away with a stream of lukewarm water. (Actually, most spider mites are killed because the water makes them susceptible to diseases.)

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
January - February, March - April, November - December
Bloom Color
Yellow, White
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
9 - 11