Beautiful impala lily flowers

Impala Lily

Adenium multiflorum

An Impala Lily in full bloom must be one of our most beautiful succulent shrubs, especially as it blooms in an otherwise drab and dry winter in the hot savannas of the Lowveld and northern Kwazulu-Natal, the only places it occurs naturally in South Africa, where it grows in well-drained brackish and rocky soil. North of our borders they are found up to Zambia and Malawi. They are extremely drought resistant and can grow to 3m tall, though such large specimens are rare. Being toxic, it was once used as poison for arrows by the San people. However, some animals are able to browse on the Impala Lily without suffering any apparent ill effects. It is also used in a few traditional medicine concoctions.


33 thoughts on “Impala Lily

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Not one of my sources gives an explanation for the name, Petru, but if I had to guess I’d think it is because these plants and their namesake antelope share much of their range, especially here in SA.

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