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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

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennials, Fragrants

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

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

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Seed in autumn or freely produced offsets.

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