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Lachenalia Genus

Cape cowslip

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Medium, Sandy
  • WaterMoist


Lachenalia genus (Cape cowslip). This genus consists of 90 species of short spikes of nodding to pendulous, tubular flowers in bright colours. The leaves are sometimes marbled with strap-shaped foliage. It produces winter and spring flowering bulbs with tubular or bell-shaped flowers. Grow in a light well drained soil with a sunny site.


Perennials, Fragrants


South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers and its useful as pot plants and in open borders. Grow in a greenhouse.


You must grow in well-drained, humus-rich soil. They prefer a sunny position and are frost tender, so plant them in pots or window boxes. You can propagated by division in autumn. They like a sunny position and lots of water until the foliage begins to die off. They need to be kept dry when dormant; they may need lifting in areas with high summer rainfall. Plant in early autumn; dry off in summer when foliage has died down.


Seed in autumn or freely produced offsets.

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