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Baboon root

Babiana spp.

Also known as

Baboon flower

Babiana ambigua fllower by Andrew massyn (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

10cm

Min

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Baboon root Overview

    Contains under 100 perennial corms with brightly coloured funnel-shaped flowers that resemble freesias. Originating from South Africa’s Cape Provinces, some species have been extensively cultivated for garden use as ornamental plants. Foliage is sword-shaped, attractively pleated and complements the vibrant showy flowerheads. Common colours include purple, pink, white and blue.

    Common problems with Baboon root

    How to propagate Baboon root

    Division

    Seed in autumn or natural division of corms.

    Seed

    Other uses of Baboon root

    Grown for its brightly coloured flowers rather like freesias.

    Summer Flowering Bulbs

    Plant out these flowering bulbs in spring to enjoy their summer performance.

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    Spring Flowering Bulbs

    Flowering in spring these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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