This relatively small subspecies, consisting of subsp. praecox, subsp. orientalis and subsp. minimus occurs in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is one of the robust semi-evergreen varieties with globes of deep blue flowers, which open very early in the year, before other varieties, sometimes as early as May.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination. Many species will only germinate in the spring after a good chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on seedlings in small pots before planting out into sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground in a well-drained spot.
Common name:Blue Lily, African Lily, Lily of the Nile