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.
Generally not harvested, but flower can be cut for the vase.
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.
Attracts useful insects
Can be grown in pots, plant in free draining medium, in sunny position, keep dry in dormant period.
Flowers then leaves, or leaves and later(in Winter/Spring) flowers emerge.
Adapted to survive a dry summer in dormant (or resting) phase and grow and flower after winter rains.
Africa, South Africa, the coastal area of the Western Cape, Klawer to Mossel Bay.
Semi-dry winter rainfall areas
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Generally trouble free