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I promised you some photographs of the St.Helena Arum Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) – See Wikipedia page here:

As it happens, the day I went out with my camera turned out to be cold and misty and windy – a bit of surprise considering we’d just got used to the idea that spring had arrived (yes, spring – we’re antipodean!)

I give you two photos

The first is a typical field with wild lilies growing in clumps. This is not an unusual sight – they even grow on the roadside! (They do seem to like cow dung for some reason!)

The second is a bit of a close-up of a clump. There are hundreds of thousands of them at the moment (I think I’ve just missed them at their best, unfortunately). A vase of 4 or 5 stems is very nice on the dining room table.


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How glorious to see them in a natural environment, growing wild you might say,much better than the cellophane covered potted ones in the supermarket!
the pics are lovely S

13 Oct, 2010


They are such dramatic plants Schizolcal. I lost mine over the cold winter last year. Can we ask you why you are living on St Helena?

13 Oct, 2010


We've lived on St.Helena for six and half years. My wife is a Saint (that's what the 'natives' call themselves!), and we've been married for nearly 33 years. We came here because her father was ill, and being 5000 miles away was difficult for her. He's now passed away, but we've stayed on. This is home now.

13 Oct, 2010


What a fantastic place to live. Wasn't Napoleon interested in the plants on St Helena? I would like my husband to call me a saint, but you have to be born one it would seem,or be awfully good!!

13 Oct, 2010


I can't imagine anything nicer than seeing these lovely lillies growing wild like that ... thank you for the pics! :o)

13 Oct, 2010


How perfectly these lillies are formed and it must be quite a sight when they are in bloom on your hills.

Thank you for telling us a little more and showing us photos of St. Helena. You are a long way from GB but it seems you are very close to paradise on your beautiful island...and you have found you like it is home. Very fortunate to live in a beautiful locality, Schizolocal.

14 Oct, 2010


You know what it is like - you don't really appreciate the mundane. Arum lilies are so common and wild here, that we don't see them as exceptional. But, of course, they are. They are absolutely wonderful, even if short-lived.

Other plants we take for granted are Bamboo, Banana, Guava, Papaya, even Cactus. We have a distillery here that makes spirit from cactus fruit (local name is 'Tungi') - see website - a little like tequila - great stuff.

15 Oct, 2010


I've just viewed the link you've given Schizolocal. As someone who has never tasted tequila and who is not able to partake in alcohol due to my medications I guess I will not have an opportunity to taste Tungi. The history of developing Tungi was interesting and to learn it is made from prickly pear cactus. Thanks for the link and telling us other plants that grow freely in your climate.

15 Oct, 2010


What an amazing sight!!

19 Jan, 2011

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