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Cape Buttercup

Sparaxis grandiflora ssp. grandiflora

Also known as

Sparaxis, Botterblom, Ferweel, Ferweeltjie, Fluweeltjie, Perskalkoentjie, Perskalossie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Cape Buttercup Overview

Sparaxis grandiflora is indeed an attractive species and it is not surprising that it was introduced to Kew Gardens as early as 1758. However, as Du Plessis & Duncan (1989) noted when referring to S. grandiflora subsp. grandiflora , 'this very striking species deserves more attention from horticulturists'. Despite it being arguably the most spectacular, this deep plum-red subspecies of S. grandiflora has to this day very rarely been seen in its pure form in cultivation. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

Special features of Cape Buttercup

Pot plant

Attracts bees