River Lily

Hesperantha sp.

The River Lily is a much-loved plant in gardens the world over, but it grows wild here in saturated soil along the mountain streams of South Africa’s Drakensberg Range. These bulbous plants stand about 50cm high, grow and flower in full sun during summer with the beautiful blooms being carried from December to April. Apart from the pink form shown here there’s also white and bright red varieties growing wild, while cultivated forms with much wider petals than the wild forms are normally sold at nurseries. The flowers are pollinated by butterflies and flies, and the whole plant goes dormant in winter.


20 thoughts on “River Lily

  1. Ms. Liz

    Oh wow! There were some of these growing semi-wild in a previous property that we owned in the south of NZ. I liked them but didn’t know much about them.. and now I get to see them growing wild.. awesome!

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