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Lachenalia bulbifera - Red Cape Hyacinth
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Lachenalia bulbifera - Red Cape Hyacinth

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Packet of 5 seeds.

A relatively common species of Cape Hyacinth, this is found growing in sandy or other free draining soils in the Western Cape. This is one of the larger and more robust members of this group.

A member of the Hyacinth family, it flowers in the autumn after a long dormant spell in the summer (a reaction to the hot and dry conditions experienced in its habitat. It produces a pair of leaves and and a very sturdy flowering stem with several scarlet flowers on it. The flowers are not scented and persist for 14 - 18 days before fading. Where pollinated the flowers are followed by seed capsules containing numerous small black seeds. It is likely that the plants will self seed if left to their own devices.

This species is almost hardy (in fact it will tolerate short periods of frost provided the bulb is well protected by a good depth of soil, it does require very good drainage. For this reason it is probably best to grow it in a shallow pan or bowl, where it can be moved out of the wet, should the need arise. Quick and easy from seed, this may flower in the second or third year from seed.

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