Delicate ice-blue flowers with short stalks and a very long tube, have a violet central stripe on each petal, and arise from a central rosette of narrow shiny leaves. This rarely-seen native of the Roggeveld in South Africa will do well in a rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot, or in a large pot in the conservatory or alpine house.
Sow seeds at any time covering them very thinly with compost or grit, and leaving some of the seed showing, as light can initiate germination, just as in the wild, and leave in a well-lit, warm spot. Sometimes, artificial heat may not be needed, and may prevent germination, as some species will only germinate in the spring after being chilled in the moist seed tray. Grow on in sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground.
Common name:Lachenalia longituba
Classification:Half hardy bulb, Hardy bulb, Half hardy perennial, Hardy perennial