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Lachenalia unifolia - Single Leafed Cape Hyacinth

Lachenalia unifolia - Single Leafed Cape Hyacinth

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Packet of 5 seeds.

As its name suggests, it has a single leaf that has bands of green and maroon. It produces a spike of bell shaped blue, pink, or light yellow flowers with white tips to the petals

A member of the Hyacinth family, it flowers in the winter after a long dormant spell in the summer (a reaction to the hot and dry conditions experienced in its habitat. The flowers 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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