Lachenalia Sweet Soldier Boys

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Joyously handsome from bud to bloom, this floral chameleon is a garden asset. The long season of colour begins as early as August and lasts into September. On electric blue to purple stems, the violet bells ring out, then, as they age they make an amazing transformation to gold. The colouring can vary slightly but no matter the variant you are guaranteed a stunning show.

The mid green leaves have red leopard spot shadows all over, as do the stems.

Lachenalia look good planted at the front of beds and borders, in rockeries, along pathways or in pots.

Lachenalias are South African natives that thrive with winter rain. To grow at their best, Lachenalia mutabilis needs sharply drained soil and a sunny spot. They will tolerate some shade but flower better in sun.

Plant 2-3cm deep and space 5-10cm apart. Water in then keep just moist in growth. Add a little fertiliser when they begin to bloom and that is about all you will need to do. They are easy care bulbs that can be left in the ground to naturalise.

Try combining the early flowering Lachenalia with other early spring bulbs such Grape Hyacinths, they also grow well with early Daffodils or Spring star flowers.

Code

LHMSS

Botantical name

Lachenalia mutabilis

Height

15-40cm

Width

5-20cm

Flowers

Winter to Spring

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

1