Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Info I found on the web about this beautiful flower that comes out for about 10 days! I think possibly less time than cherry blossom in spring.

Beautiful red (sometimes white or pink) cluster amaryllis that mainly grows on the tops of the walls that divide the paddy fields. It appears just when the rice is at its most golden, before harvest. The sap is apparently poisonous and corrosive.


J-girl said...

I love those flowers, too. Higanbana means "Autumn Equinox Flower". Its other name is manjushage. I don't remember what the second name means, though.

Maria S. said...

I uncovered a long-lost photo I had taken of rice fields separated by Higambana.

Looking for extra information about this plant, I ran across your blog.

Thanks to J-girl's entry, I learned Higambana is also called Autumnal Exquinox Flower.

We lived in Japan for three years as well, on the island of Kyushu.

Greeting to downunder!