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 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:Harlequin flower, Fluweeltjie, Wand flower
Classification:Half hardy bulb
Packet Content:10 (Approx)