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Boophone haemanthoides

Scientific Name:

Boophone haemanthoides

Common name:

Namaqua Century Plant, Cape Century Plant










Namibia, South Africa

Hardiness Zone:



ABout the PLant

The Boophone haemanthoides succulent is a unique and captivating species of plant. Native to the dry, arid regions of South Africa, this low-growing succulent has adapted to its environment by developing thick, fleshy leaves that store water for long periods of time. This species typically grows up to 6 inches tall and wide with an upright, rosette-like shape. Its leaves are thick and fleshy, growing in a spiral pattern around the stem. They are bright green in color with a glossy sheen and are covered in white spots or stripes. The edges of the leaves have small spines that help protect them from predators. In springtime, Boophone haemanthoides produces beautiful yellow flowers on tall stalks that rise above the foliage. These flowers have six petals each and produce a sweet scent that attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Boophone haemanthoides is easy to care for indoors or outdoors if given enough light and well-draining soil. It prefers temperatures between 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit and should be watered only when the soil is completely dry; overwatering can cause root rot or other issues. It also needs occasional pruning to keep it looking neat and tidy. The Boophone haemanthoides succulent has been used medicinally for centuries by indigenous peoples in South Africa who believed it had healing properties; however, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims today. Despite this lack of evidence, this unique species continues to captivate gardeners around the world with its striking beauty and resilience in harsh climates.
The Boophone haemanthoides succulent is best suited for bright indirect light. This means that it should be placed in an area where it will receive some direct sunlight, but not too much. It can also tolerate medium light and low light conditions, but will thrive best in bright indirect light.
Boophone haemanthoides succulents prefer well-draining soil with a slightly acidic pH. The ideal soil should be light and airy, containing a mix of sand, loam, and organic matter. This succulent needs plenty of water during the growing season but requires good drainage to prevent root rot. Additionally, it is important to fertilize this plant every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.
The Boophone haemanthoides succulent is best watered using the "soak and dry" method. This means that you should water the plant deeply, allowing the soil to become completely saturated, and then allow it to dry out completely before watering again. This type of watering helps to ensure that the succulent has access to enough moisture without becoming overwatered.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Boophone haemanthoides succulent are relatively low. It prefers a humidity level of 40-50%, which is lower than what most other succulents need. This means that you should avoid misting it too often and keep it away from humid environments like bathrooms or kitchens.