Berg Lily

Galtonia candicans

Summer Hyacinth, Cape Hyacinth

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

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

Attracts useful insects

Bees

Drought resistant

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

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Transkei, Drakensberg area, Lesotho, Free State and Natal

Natural climate

Temperate, cold and arid Interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Hyacinthaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Strong

Problems

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