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A picture of a Red Lachenalia

Red Lachenalia

Lachenalia bulbifera

Also known as

Rooinaeltjie (Afr.)

Photo by magriet b (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Red Lachenalia

A red Lachenalia bulbifera flower and green leaf in a field
A red Lachenalia bulbifera flower in a field
Some red Lachenalia bulbifera flowers on a plant
A close up of some red Lachenalia bulbifera flowers
Some pink Lachenalia bulbifera flowers and green leaves

Red Lachenalia Overview

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.

Common problems with Red Lachenalia

Generally trouble free

    Red Lachenalia Companion Plants

    Spring bulbs work well between low growing ground covers like Dymondia or Sutera

    Carpet Daisy

    Dymondia margaretae

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    Trailing Phlox

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    How to harvest Red Lachenalia

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

    How to propagate Red Lachenalia


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


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

    Special features of Red Lachenalia

    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

    Spring flowering bulbs

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