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Lachenalia isopetala - Cape Hyacinth

Lachenalia isopetala - Cape Hyacinth

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Packet of 5 seeds.

This an unusual member of the Cape Hyacinths, due to the colour of its flowers, which are an odd maroon colour with lighter tips to the petals.

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 strap shaped leaves from which the flower spikes arise. 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, but it does not like to be overly wet during its resting periods. 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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