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Lachenalia carnosa - Cape Hyacinth

Lachenalia carnosa - Cape Hyacinth


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Packet of 5 seeds.

A relatively rare bulbous plant coming from a few isolated locations in the Namaqualand area of South Africa. Like most of the Lachenalia's, it is not particularly common in habit, but it is well represented in collections.

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 strap shaped leaves which have raised purple markings. These vary from slight to quite pronounced. The flowers are magenta in colour with purple tips to the petals. 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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