This is one of the most showy species, with nodding umbels, around 9in (23cm) across, of tubular orange flowers, around 2in ( 5cm) long, almost year-round. The inner petals are brown spotted, and the whole flower drips with honey. The three-lobed fruits are bright red, with a juicy coating.
Bomarea multiflora grows wild in the Andes, in Colombia and Venezuela.
Cultivation Easily grown in sandy soil in a sunny site but with the roots in shade. Give ample water in the growing season.
Height to 20ft (6m). USZ 10–11, surviving 30°F (-1C) of overnight frost. Tolerant of summer drought if well mulched.