Brunsvigia orientalis usually produces about six large, tongue-shaped leaves after the flower has disappeared. They lie flat on the ground and replenish the large bulb for pushing up another flower in the following season. The presentation to sunlight for adequate photosynthesis is very functional. There is little risk of leaves being eaten by animal or insect in the natural habitat.
Since the habitat receives winter rain, those gardeners growing this bulb in summer rainfall areas are advised to plant it in a container and control watering according to plant needs. This means to stop watering when the leaves become yellow, which happens in summer when the normal resting season commences (www.plantzafrica.com).