Red Lachenalia

Lachenalia bulbifera

Rooinaeltjie (Afr.)

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A red Lachenalia bulbifera flower and green leaf in a field
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Lachenalia bulbifera is a bulbous perennial species in the Asparagaceae family. It is typically grown for the showy, red, tubular flowers. They are naturally found growing in winter rainfall regions of South Africa, where they are dormant in the hot dry summer months. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but flower can be cut for the vase.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds as soon as ripe in sandy well-draining medium.

Division

Remove bulblets in summer or autumn while dormant and replant before it grows again.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots, plant in free draining medium, in sunny position, keep dry in dormant period.

Autumn colour

Flowers then leaves, or leaves and later(in Winter/Spring) flowers emerge.

Drought resistant

Adapted to survive a dry summer in dormant (or resting) phase and grow and flower after winter rains.

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, the coastal area of the Western Cape, Klawer to Mossel Bay.

Natural climate

Semi-dry winter rainfall areas

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Red, Orange

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally trouble free

Credits

profile iconLachenalia bulbifera
by Graham Duncan, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2006 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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