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Lachenalia contaminata

Wild hyacinth

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height0.06m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourWhite tipped purple
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Lachenalia contaminata (Wild hyacinth). An upright perennial from South Africa bearing lance-shaped to linear, mid green leaves and dense spikes of white tipped purple, bell-shaped fragrant flowers in early spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Container

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • 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.

Propagation

Seed in autumn or freely produced offsets.

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