Haemanthus coccineus, the Blood Flower or Paintbrush Lily, is a bulbous geophyte in the genus Haemanthus, native to Southern Africa.The generic name Haemanthus is derived from the Greek words haima for blood and anthos for flower; coccineus is the Latin word for red or scarlet. It now blooms quite happily in a pot in our garden. The flower is followed by the growth of two enormous, horizontal, flat leaves that look almost as remarkable as the blossom.
This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.