Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.
A stately, South African flowering bulb, Veltheimia bracteata is commonly known as the forest lily or sand onion. Although distantly related to both lilies and onions, it is now thought to be more closely allied with the hyacinth. It does not survive the frigid winters outdoors but can make a great indoor plant, as can be seen here in the Palm House, the center space in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Its clusters of tubular pink flowers are set on top of tall stalks, appearing over several weeks in late winter and into early spring.