In spring, masses of bright orange scarlet flowers open, all with a yellow center edged with black. They have quite noticeable bright and attractive dry, papery floral bracts, which are pale in colour, with brown streaks. These gems grow on damp clay and stony soils in Renosterveld in the north west Cape. On a well-drained rockery they will gently self-seed making splendid drifts.
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:Harlequin flower, Fluweeltjie, Wand flower
Classification:Half hardy bulb
Packet Content:10 (Approx)