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Veltheimia capensis AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in

Stem

Green and Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

winter veltheimia

Family

Asparagaceae


Veltheimia are bulbous perennials with strap-shaped leaves and stout stems each bearing a terminal raceme of nodding, tubular flowers

V. capensis is a bulbous perennial to 45cm, with a rosette of strap-shaped, wavy-edged, glaucous leaves and stout purple-spotted stems bearing a terminal raceme of drooping tubular pale pink flowers 3-4cm in length, with darker spots

Other common names

  • sand lily

Synonym(s)

  • Veltheimia deasii
  • Veltheimia glauca
  • Veltheimia viridifolia misapplied

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based compost with added sharp sand in full sun. Reduce water as leaves fade and keep just moist when dormant. Intolerant of root disturbance so only repot when congested. Plant in autumn with neck of bulb just above soil surface.

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 19-24° C in autumn or remove offsets in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cut Flowers, Patio/Container Plants or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free