- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: September to November
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Coming on strong at a time of the year when most plants are looking decidedly sorry for themselves, this bulbous perennial makes a wonderful addition to the mixed border. The flowers it produces are quite exotic-looking, a strong clear pink with a wavy edge to the petals. They top stout upright stems, which arise (usually before, but sometimes with) the low tufts of strap-shaped foliage. Tolerant of low temperatures provided they are not too wet, they originate from South Africa so will be happiest in a freely draining soil where they can bake in full sun. They flower best when they are congested, so will work well in pots and containers.
- Garden care:Plant shallowly outside with their neck just above the surface of the soil at 10 - 15cm intervals from April onwards. They are happiest in a dense clump, so once planted avoid disturbing the roots and only lift and divide them when they have outgrown their alloted space.
- Harmful if eaten
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