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Lachenalia ‘Tricolor’

Cape cowslip

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to April
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourRed yellow green
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Lachenalia ‘Tricolor’ (Cape cowslip). Spikes of yellow-red-green flowers are produced in mid winter to mid spring, with strap-shaped, green leaves, spotted purple.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

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

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Needs

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

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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