Xerophyta Retinervis * Black Stick Lily * Medicinal Plant * 5 Rare Seeds *
THIS LISTING IS FOR 5 SMALL SEEDS OF XEROPHYTA RETINERVIS Xerophyta retinervis is a fascinating plant with blackened stems in the winter months but totally transformed in the early summer when covered with masses of pink flowers, especially after fire. A hillside covered with numbers of these plants in flower is a memorable sight, although short-lived, as the blooms only last for a few weeks. The species is well adapted to survive extreme conditions such as drought, fires, and very cold temperatures. Extensive traditional uses include medicinal, magical and household. Xerophyta retinervis is a deciduous perennial up to 1.8 m tall, with thick, branched stems densely covered with closely packed, fibrous, persistent leaf bases, black from persistent fire charring. Densely packed roots grow down through the entire length of the main stem until they reach the ground, where they spread out and assume the normal role of anchorage. Long, strap-shaped, keeled leaves occur in tufts at the tips of stems. White to mauve scented flowers are borne in groups on slender stems in spring and early summer (September to November), especially after fire. The capsule is covered with rough hairs.
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