A colourful and varied group of bulbs from South Africa Lachenalia a wonderful plant for a sunny position in the garden border or try growing them in a container for a great display. Also known as the ‘Cape Cowslip’
Tubular bell shaped flowers appear in spring, summer is a time of dormancy.
Lachenalia aloides is a popular variety, however be aware of the variation within this group from golden yellow flowers of Lachenalia aloides aura, to the aptly named four coloured Lachenalia aloides var. quadricolor
Lachenalia are very easy to grow, a well drained sunny position, protection from frosts is essential. Remember that they grow in winter and flower in spring, so protection from frosts is essential. Do not water in summer.
Propagation is from seed or by division, established clumps can be divided in summer, however they are a bulb that do seem to like to be a little ‘crowded’. For a great look grow in pots and remember that good drainage is essential. Colours range from colours , to through yellow to
- L. Pendula with its bright orange flowers.
- L. bulbifera has red flowers
- L. namaquensis has violet blue flowers.
- L. viridifolia with its turquoise flowers are popular species.e
- L. aloides is perhaps the most common of the cultivated species.
Lachenalia are available for sale from the following nurseries
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