Also known as
Lachenalia, Gewone Viooltjie (Afr.)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Common Viooltjie Overview
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.
Common problems with Common Viooltjie
Generally problem free
How to harvest Common Viooltjie
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.
How to propagate Common Viooltjie
Sow seeds when ripe and mature as soon as rainy season start(Autumn).
Separate bulblets in late summer or autumn, while dormant.
Special features of Common Viooltjie
Attracts useful insects
Can be grown in a container, place in a sunny spot, do not water in summer, while the bulbs are dormant!