Greenish-yellow flowers open from a central bud which lies at the centre of the two diametrically opposite, broad, fleshy, leathery leaves. The pollen has a yeasty odour along with a sugary, jelly-like nectar, and in the wild this is to attract the pollinating rodents, including gerbils, which pick up pollen as they feast! This unusual species, native to dry area of the South African Cape and Namaqualand, has anthers which are longer than on other species in the Cape.
Seeds may be sown at any time of the year onto a well-drained compost and covered very thinly indeed with compost or grit, leaving some of the seed showing as light may aid germination. Keep the pot moist at a temperature of between 18 and 22 degrees C in a well-lit position. Seeds should germinate within 2 to 6 weeks but may take longer. Pot on into small pots before finally planting into a large pot, or outside in warmer countries.
Common name:Hedgehog Lily
Classification:Half hardy bulb, Half hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)