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Veldkos

Trachyandra falcata

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Trachyandra falcata is a tuberous perennial that grows along the west coast of South Africa from the West Coast National Park near Saldanha to the Richtersveld and into Namibia.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick flowers when still closed and use within a day.

Propagation

Seed
The plants selfseed, but can be sown in autumn; scatter seeds and wet thoroughly only once.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South African West Coast, Southern Namibia.
Natural climate
Arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
The flower stalk is eaten, prepared as for a brassica (cabbages).

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
, White
Scent
None

Problems

Rots when kept too wet.
Root Rot
Root Rot
Phytophthora spp.

Companion plants

Grow with plants that have similar water requirements and annuals from the same area.
Terracotta Gazania
Terracotta Gazania
Gazania krebsiana

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