Herbertia platensis – Blue Jockey’s Cap
A wonderful blue flowering plant with flowers that look a little like those of an Iris, Herbertia platensis is a tall growing bulbous plant or corm that forms a clump over time.
The flower is a rich blue with three petals, hints of yellow in the rises, it is a very pretty flower and could be grown in a container where its intricate beauty can be appreciated.
Not a lot of information on these pretty flowering bulbs. Originally from South America Herbertia platensis requires a sunny position in a well drained humus rich soil and protection from frosts.
As for the name, we are not sure that this is the correct name at all, it may well be Herbertia lahue.
This is however a spring to summer flowering plant and is perhaps one for the collectors.
- Grow in a sunny position.
- Use a well drained soil.
- When in active growth, water with a diluted liquid fertiliser, seaweed is good.
Herbertia platensis are available for sale from the following nurseries
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
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