A beautiful South African iris relative, with short, sharp spikes of buds which open into flared, pink, starry flowers in spring. On a dry, warm bank or rock garden, these plants will naturalise, but may be better grown in a pot where you can admire them at close quarters.
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:Tritonia bakeri ssp lilacina
Classification:Hardy shrub, Half hardy bulb, Hardy perennial