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Babiana fragrans - Baboon Root

Babiana fragrans - Baboon Root


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Packet of 5 seeds.

This is a small bulbous plant much favoured as a food source by Baboons, hence the common name. From a gardening perspective, they make a charming addition to any collection or garden. This particular species has purple flowers that are sweetly scented. Grows to a maximum height of around 20 cm.

A member of the Iris family, it flowers in the Spring and has a pronounced long dormant spell in summer (a reaction to the hot and dry conditions experienced in its habitat). The flowers are followed by pods containing numerous seeds. It is likely that the plants will self seed if left to their own devices.

This species is ideal for an alpine bed, where protection from summer rains can be provided. Otherwise it can be grown in an alpine house where overhead protection is inherent in the structure enabling the plant to thrive. It may also be grown in an open potting mixture in pots and containers . Not overly hardy, it is not likely to respond well to soil temperatures below - 5 Deg C. In areas where low temperatures are the winter norm, it would be best to grow this in pots or with some protection from the frost (such as a cloche or frame). Quick and easy from seed, this may flower in the third year from seed.

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