Polygotnatum humile

Polygotnatum humile

Description and Distribution: A dwarf species to 30cm. Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Slowly spreads by thin rhizomes to form colonies in optimum growing conditions. Genus name comes from the Greek words poly meaning many and...
Platycodon grandiflorus apoyama

Platycodon grandiflorus apoyama

Description and Distribution: This is a dwarf variety growing to about 15cm in height and spreading to around 20cm. It prefers well drained soil in full sun. The genus name comes from the Greek platysmeaning ‘broad’ and codon meaning ‘bell’. Availability: Small number...
Orithogalum candicans

Orithogalum candicans

Previously Galtonia candicans Description and Distribution: From South Africa, including the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Lesotho) . A bulbous plant producing waxy, creamy white tubular flowers that extend out from the stem and then look downwards at...
Moraea villosa

Moraea villosa

The genus Moraea is named for Robert More (1703-1780). More was an academic, botanist and politician. Habitat and Description: Moraea villosa flowers have that conspicuous eye-like pattern on the broad outer petals; like those found on the feathers of a peacock. They...
Moraea vegeta

Moraea vegeta

The genus Moraea is named for Robert More (1703-1780). More was an academic, botanist and politician. Habitat: A very forgiving corm that can tolerate virtually any soil conditions from drought to moist (not wet) soil. Best in full sun. Description: Requires little...
Ixia paniculata

Ixia paniculata

The genus has some 50 species. All are found in South Africa, in particular the Western Cape. All species have small corms. Leaves are narrow, sword shaped and held erect. Flower colour of the species varies. Except in areas where summer temperatures are extreme ixias...
Herbertia platensis

Herbertia platensis

Named in honour of William Herbert (1778-1847) Dean of Manchester University in England and a distinguished botanist specialising in bulbous plants. Herbertia consists of 8 accepted species. One of them is native to southeastern + south-central United States, while...
Herbertia lahue

Herbertia lahue

Named in honour of William Herbert (1778-1847) Dean of Manchester University in England and a distinguished botanist specialising in bulbous plants. Herbertia consists of 8 accepted species. One of them is native to southeastern + south-central United States, while...
Hepatica nobilis

Hepatica nobilis

Description and Distribution: The name is derived from Latin hepar “liver” referring to the shape of the leaves. A mainly tuft or clump forming species found in Europe, Asia and north America. Flowers appear in late Spring and early summer. This plant will thrive in...
Habranthus tubispathus and H. tubispathus roseus

Habranthus tubispathus and H. tubispathus roseus

Description and Distribution: The name is derived from Greek habros (delicate, graceful) and anthos (flower). There are about 10 species of Habranthus all originating from South America including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uraguay. H. tubispathus is a small...
Dichelostemma volubile

Dichelostemma volubile

Habitat: Adapatable species that copes quite well with a range of soil types, provided it remains dry during the summer months. Distribution: From central to northern California Description: Often referred to as the “Snake Lily” due to the flowering stem taking on a...
Dichelostemma ida-maia

Dichelostemma ida-maia

Habitat: Filtered light position in well drained soil. Distribution: Native to Northern California and Southern Oregon Description: A perennial which erects a tall, naked stem topped with an umbel of six to 20 flowers. Each flower is a cylindrical red tube two to...
Dicentra cucullaria

Dicentra cucullaria

Habitat: The preference is dappled sunlight and a fertile loamy soil with abundant organic matter. This plant develops early and can resist moderate frost without damage. Distribution: Eastern provinces of Canada and eastern states of the USA and strangely Washington...
Cyrtanthus elatus

Cyrtanthus elatus

Habitat: They are relatively easy to grow and can be grown in pots in either full or part sun. Plant with the neck of the bulb just above the soil level, approximately 10-15cm apart. Lift and divide every 3 years. Distribution: Cape Province of South Africa...
Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum autumnale

Habitat: Europe and Great Britian. Distribution and description: From Colchis the region in what is now Georgia from which the plant was believed to originate. Pertaining to autumn, from its habit of producing leaves only in the spring which die back in the summer...
Colchicum x agrippinum

Colchicum x agrippinum

Habitat: Best grown in a sunny spot in well-drained soil that does not get too dry. Plant 10cm deep in summer or early autumn. Distribution and Description: Colchicum × agrippinum is a hybrid of C. variegatum with some other species, perhaps C. autumnale. References...
Cardiocrinum giganteum

Cardiocrinum giganteum

Habitat: It thrives in moist, semi-shaded positions. It is important that the soil contains plenty of humus, leaf mould, manure and bark to get the best from them. Distribution: Cardiocrinum giganteum is found in the Himalayas of India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan,...
Brimeura amethystina

Brimeura amethystina

Habitat and Description: This species comes from rocky and grassy places in the Pyrenees to northeast Spain, Slovenia, and Croatia. It prefers full sun. Flowers are blue. The narrow grasslike linear leaves appear late autumn to to winter and the flowers spring to...
Babiana villosa

Babiana villosa

Description: Babiana villosa is a spectacular red- or pink-flowered cormous plant endemic to the southwestern Cape. With sufficient care, it performs well in cultivation and is suited to deep containers, window boxes, raised beds and rock garden pockets. Availability:...
Babiana rubrocyanea

Babiana rubrocyanea

Description: Babiana rubrocyanea is grown for its late-winter and early-spring display of large, deep-blue, red-eyed blooms. It is native to sandy scrubland habitats in the Southwest Cape region of South Africa. Availability: Available from our...