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 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:Lachenalia longituba
Classification:Half hardy bulb, Hardy bulb, Half hardy perennial, Hardy perennial