A fascinating plant with interesting foliage and a sweet scented flower is Massonia jasminiflora (see picture right). It is a small growing species and this is one of the attractions. when grown in a container and when in flower it does look very pretty.
Rare in cultivation this is a South African bulb, flowering in late winter this is a plant for the enthusiast, or if you have right position on a sheltered patio it could grow well for anyone.
As the name suggests, this is a fragrant species with a strong scent of jasmine when in flower. The flower itself sits neatly between the two leaves which show it if superbly.
Massonia jasminiflora Care
Coming from an area of summer rainfall, this is a plant for enthusiasts in a country with dry summers. You will need to provide this plant with a dry summer location.
Definitely a well drained soil, we would strongly suggest a container with a free draining potting mix. Frost need to be avoided. Foliage appears in early winter followed by very pretty white flowers.
- Flowers – White with contrasting black anthers.Flowering time – Late winter to spring.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green with typical two flat leaves that sit on the ground. The foliage appears in autumn.
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Frost tolerant – No
Easy from seed if you are patient, with up to 4 years from sowing seed to flowering sized plants. Massonia jasminiflora will also form offsets over time and these can be divided.