Lachenalia aloides var. quadricolor (Jacq.) Engl.

Four-colored Opal Flower

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Lachenalia

Parent: Lachenalia aloides

Category: Bulb

Size: To 20" tall

Exposure: Sun


Strap-shaped leaves. Ererct stems with racemes of red buds opening to tubular yellow and green flowers which are tipped with purple and red at the base. Blooms in spring. Needs to be wintered inside in most of the US.


Published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 2: 321 in 1899.

Basionym Lachenalia quadricolor Jacq., also published in Andrews in Bot. Repos. 3: 148 in 1801.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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