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Red Lachenalia

Lachenalia bulbifera

Rooinaeltjie (Afr.)

Lachenalias are grown for their spikes or racemes of showy flowers. They are bulbous plants growing naturally in a winter rainfall region where they are dormant in the hot dry summer months.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but flower can be cut for the vase.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds as soon as ripe in sandy well-draining medium.
Division
Remove bulblets in summer or autumn while dormant and replant before it grows again.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Pot plant
Can be grown in pots, plant in free draining medium, in sunny position, keep dry in dormant period.
Autumn colour
Flowers then leaves, or leaves and later(in Winter/Spring) flowers emerge.
Drought resistant
Adapted to survive a dry summer in dormant (or resting) phase and grow and flower after winter rains.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, coastal area of the Western Cape, Klawer to Mossel Bay.
Natural climate
Semi-dry winter rainfall areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Hyacinthaceae
Flower colour
Orange, red
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally trouble free

Companion plants

Spring bulbs work well between low growing ground covers like Dymondia or Sutera

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