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Common Viooltjie

Lachenalia pustulata

Also known as

Lachenalia, Gewone Viooltjie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Common Viooltjie

Lachenalia pustulata from Perdeberg
Lachenalia pustulata white form from Stellenbosch
Insect visiting Lachenalia pustulata flowers

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

    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

    Spring flowering bulbs

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