Haemanthus coccineus is a deciduous, winter growing bulbous plant or geophyte. Spectacular scarlet flowerheads are produced on fleshy, erect stalks, the flowers surrounded by leathery bracts. Flowering happens at the end of summer or in autumn.
After the blooming, two or three tongue-shaped leaves appear that last through winter, the plant's growing season. These leaves, varying in width, usually lie flat on the ground but may be semi-erect. Red leaf-spots are sometimes present, as well as a red lower leaf surface. The leaves occasionally appear concurrently with the flower stalk (Duncan, et al, 2016).