Lachanalia bulbifera (Cirillo) Engl.

Cape Cowslip

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Lachenalia

Category: Bulb

Size: To 12" tall

Exposure: Part Shade


Leaves erect, encompassing the flower stem, pointed oval, often with brown splotches. Red narrow tubular flowers hanging from a single stem, each to 1" long, with green and purple tips. Well-drained soil.


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

Basionym Phormium bulbiferum Cirillo

Synonym Lachenalia pendula Sol.

Native to South Africa.

From Bot. Repos. (Lachenalia pendula) The Lachenalias are natives of the Cape of Good Hope, yet are of so hardy a nature as to require no farther protection than shelter from the severe frosts. Our species is the handsomest yet known, flowering about September; was, according to the Kew catalogue, introduced there by Mr. F. Masson in the year 1774.


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