Common Viooltjie

Lachenalia pustulata

Lachenalia, Gewone Viooltjie (Afr.)

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South African fleshy bulb with dainty flowers after the rain season. Grown for their spikes or racemes of showy flowers that appear in late winter and early spring. Naturally occurring in winter rainfall areas with hot dry summers, often found growing in large colonies in heavy soil. The leaves die back after flower and the plant survive the dry summer in dormant phase. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but the flower can be cut for the vase, but more often the whole plant is used for display in a pretty pot.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds when ripe and mature as soon as rainy season start(Autumn).

Division

Separate bulblets in late summer or autumn, while dormant.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Can be grown in a container, place in a sunny spot, do not water in summer, while the bulbs are dormant!

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Western Cape, St Helena Bay to the Cape Peninsula.

Natural climate

Winter rainfall areas with a dry summer

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Hyacinthaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Cream, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

Credits

profile iconLachenalia pustulata
by Adam Harrower, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, September 2011 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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