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Veltheimia bracteata

Veltheimia bracteata

Common name forest lily; Cape lily
Family hyacinthaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-10)
Flowers pink (winter)
Size 18-24"
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Tender South African bulb that looks a bit like a pink-flowered red hot poker. Quite tender, it's suitable only for indoor culture in the colder zones, especially since it flowers in winter and is dormant in summer. Forms a rosette of glossy, wavy-margined strap-shaped leaves. The seedling leaves (in photo at right) are curiously shaped; I hope to keep the plants alive in their terracotta pot.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 70F (70%G, 8d)
  2. Seed from NARGS '19/'20 exchange. Baggy 70F (58%G, 10-12d)

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