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.
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.
Sow seeds when ripe and mature as soon as rainy season start(Autumn).
Separate bulblets in late summer or autumn, while dormant.
Attracts useful insects
Can be grown in a container, place in a sunny spot, do not water in summer, while the bulbs are dormant!
Africa, South Africa, Western Cape, St Helena Bay to the Cape Peninsula.
Winter rainfall areas with a dry summer
Soil PH preference
Pink, Cream, White
Generally problem free