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Jewel Of The Desert

Daubenya aurea

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Jewel Of The Desert

Flower close up
Growing in habitat
Yellow form

Jewel Of The Desert Overview

This species is relatively rare and is only found in a small area of South Africa. It is one of the most beautiful indigenous species of the Hyacinth family and also one of the showiest species within its genera. The unique flowers are incomparable to others within its family. ZA Distribution: Northern Cape.

Common problems with Jewel Of The Desert

As this species grows just above the ground, it makes the plant susceptible to attack from snails, slugs and mealybugs.

How to harvest Jewel Of The Desert

Harvest seeds from seed pod when ripe and sow immediately.

How to propagate Jewel Of The Desert


Sow seeds when ripe. Sow to a depth of 1 cm and space them 10 cm apart from each other. It should take 4 to 5 years to reach maturity and flower.


Divide large clumps during the dormant period (summer). Place them at a depth of 3 cm and space them 10 cm apart from each other.

Special features of Jewel Of The Desert

Pot plant

Great pot plant as it stays low and compact.

Drought resistant

It grows during the winter months and remains dormant during the warm, summer months.

Attractive flowers

This species has spectacular flowers that emerge soon after the leaves have appeared.