Between July and October, the showy lampranthus is in bloom (2). Like other Lampranthus species, it can be presumed that the showy lampranthus is pollinated by insects at midday, when the flowers are fully open. The leaves of Lampranthus species are often swollen with water, an adaptation to ensure the plant can endure long, hot and dry periods. The plant is also adapted to ensure the survival of its seeds in a habitat where water can not always be guaranteed. The seeds are only released when the woody fruit capsule in which they are borne gets wet. The capsule swells up and bursts open, releasing the seeds to the ground, where they will germinate. This ensures the plant does not waste precious seeds by releasing them when there are no rains, and thus when there is insufficient water for germination (6).