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Cryptostephanus vansonii

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Cryptostephanus is a genus of rare plants in the Amaryllidaceae family from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia. The species are densiflorus, haemanthoides and vansonii

The more notable of the varieties, vansonii, has an attractive delicate white to pink inflorescence consisting of a moderate number of small flowers which are persistent for many weeks. These flowers give rise to red seed berries containing generally from 1 to 4 seeds which, when cleaned of pulp, are bright and hard. These germinate readily in a couple of weeks under temperatures of about 24 Celsius.

Growing conditions require an open, well draining mix and slow release fertiliser applied to last the growing season. Watch for pests such as Mealy Bugs which can be controlled by a variety of pesticides or predatory insects.

This is an easy plant to grow and a delight in the garden when in flower.

 
Cryptostephanus vansonii
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