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Summer Hyacinth

Galtonia candicans

Also known as

Spire Lily, Berg Lily, Cape Hyacinth

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

70cm

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Summer Hyacinth Overview

This indigenous summer growing "Hyacinth" is a perfect specimen for a mixed flowering bed or planted as a standalone in a bed of their own. It's​ beautiful fragrant flowers are spectacular when placed in a floral arrangement. This is the only known species of Galtonia that is cultivated.

Common problems with Summer Hyacinth

Slugs and snails are the only pests that eat the foliage. Monitor plants regularly and manually remove pests by hand.

    How to harvest Summer Hyacinth

    Harvest fragrant flowers during mid-summer months. Harvest seed pods when ripe during autumn.

    How to propagate Summer Hyacinth

    Seed

    Seeds can be sown in spring when seeds are ripe. Sow to a depth of 1 cm and space them 15 cm apart.

    Division

    Divide offsets during the dormant period. Plant them at a depth of 2 cm and space them 15 cm apart.

    Special features of Summer Hyacinth

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees

    Drought resistant

    This species requires low levels of water as it becomes dormant during winter.

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