Bright little bells on upright stems. Lachenalia are fabulous blooms. The colouring is intense and unusual. They will definitely draw comment in your garden. Once a staple they fell out of fashion but are now back with a vengeance. The flowers open from late winter, bringing much needed colour back to garden.
The blooms are glowing shades of red, yellow, chartreuse and purple. What a colourful combination. The foliage is just as loud, with purple patterns over the light green leaves and stems. The blooms last well in the garden and can even be picked for indoor display.
Lachenalia look good planted at the front of beds and borders, in rockeries, along pathways or in pots.
Plant into well drained soil in a sunny position. They will tolerate some shade but flower better in sun. Plant 5-10cm deep and 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 Lachenalia with Muscari or Grape Hyacinths, they also grow well with early Daffodils or spring star flowers.
Lachenalia aloides var. quadricolor
Early to Mid Spring
Cool to Temperate
Full Sun to Light Shade